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Bridgeport Police respond to alleged brutality incident

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The Bridgeport Police Department responded Tuesday to a YouTube video which shows an officer struggling to arrest a juvenile.

In the video, titled “Bridgeport pd beating a 16 year old on Stratford ave,” an officer appears to smack and then choke the youth who initially resists arrest.

“Yo why you smacking him in his face?” says the person recording the video, which was sent to the Connecticut Post Monday night. “No that’s police brutality.”

As the 38-second video goes on the officer in the video proceeds to place the teenager in a headlock in order to get a handle of him.

“Yo why is you choking him?” says the person recording.

“He’s under arrest and he’s resisting,” says the officer, who has not been identified.

“Why is you choking him? He can’t breathe,” says the person recording before the video cuts off.

The sender of the video added that he witnessed Bridgeport Police continue to beat the juvenile and taser him. The sender also said he was threatened to have his camera taken away by police.

According to Bridgeport Police the juvenile shown in the struggle with the officer was stopped early Sunday morning at 3:30 a.m. for a curfew violation and was later charged with interfering with police.

The full statement from police spokesperson William Kaempffer:

“The video shows an officer, minus back-up, attempting to control a suspect who is actively resisting arrest at 3:30 a.m. The suspect even attempted to stand up in the midst of being arrested. He also pushed the officer, and didn’t willingly provide his hands while being handcuffed. In addition, the officer reported that the suspect grabbed at his duty belt while resisting arrest.”

“The bottom line is that police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep our streets safe every single day. They’re allowed to apply force when necessary to make an arrest, especially when a suspect is resisting, as was the case here.”

 

Categories: General
Fausto Giovanny Pinto

16 Responses

  1. shiniqua says:

    His mother covers for him and says she sent him out for medicine? At 3:30AM? Really?

  2. shiniqua says:

    Hey Bob, BPT responded under where it says, “The full statement from police spokesperson William Kaempffer:” Nice to see you paid attention. And im sure the kid just put his hands behind his back nicely when the officer told him he was under arrest and the cop just decided he would rather start beating him. (note the sarcasm) Its cool though the video only shows the part where the officer has to take the suspect into custody after he resisted and does not show the initial contact of the suspect pushing the officer, but thats all good and fine because PD would rather fight someone by themselves without backup at 330am. (more sarcasm… have to put that in there for people like bob)

  3. RLV says:

    Stratford Ave. is a “hole.” Guns, drugs, bottom of the gene pool esp. at 3 am. I challenge anyone to put on the uniform and deal with that danger and mess every evening. It would send the average person home crying.Most 16 year olds down there are going on 25…

  4. Marvin says:

    This is not police brutality

  5. Big Steve says:

    Another moron, no wait 2 morons, causing trouble in Bridgeport, breaking the law, and blaming it on the police. These parasites are the reason that all the productive people in this state are leaving.

  6. Marlene says:

    Why is a teen in the street at 3:30am? Obviously up to no good. Cops will not tackle a compliant citizen just because. The one with the camera should be home sleeping as well. Thugs are so quick to to claim police brutality. Cops are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. All I have to say is, thank you for putting your lives on the line to try and keep the few upstanding, hardworking citizens of this city safe

  7. dean says:

    READ THE ARTICLE AGAIN

    The full statement from police spokesperson William Kaempffer:

    “The video shows an officer, minus back-up, attempting to control a suspect who is actively resisting arrest at 3:30 a.m. The suspect even attempted to stand up in the midst of being arrested. He also pushed the officer, and didn’t willingly provide his hands while being handcuffed. In addition, the officer reported that the suspect grabbed at his duty belt while resisting arrest.”

    “The bottom line is that police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep our streets safe every single day. They’re allowed to apply force when necessary to make an arrest, especially when a suspect is resisting, as was the case here.”

  8. Albert Will says:

    Bridgeport Police Department always use excess force for no reason at all.

  9. CT Resident says:

    That’s what police officers NEED to do, because stupid young kids like this want to video tape instead of telling his friend to stop resisting. The police HAD EVERY RIGHT to do this. Criminals now get a slap on the wrist for doing bad things – lock them up so they can learn a lesson don’t feel bad!! I am supporting the officer every way in this – he did his job!!

  10. CTBornandRaised says:

    If he was on his stomach and not resisting then the officer wouldn’t have been smacking him in the face now would he? You clearly can see the kid turning over and tying to get up instead of just letting him cuff him for the officers safety. Maybe if these parents controlled their children like they should this would not have happened.

  11. mike says:

    I guess it’s ok to be beat and choked.. the law
    is a fucking joke..

  12. steppinfletcher says:

    If my 16 year old was wandering the streets at 3:30 AM, the beating I would give him would be a lot worse than the wrestling match given by the cop!

  13. Mike Bouchard says:

    Every thing has to do with brutality, I learned early in life not to second guess, maybe if the suspect did not begin to struggle with the officer he wouldn’t have landed on the ground.

    when it becomes one on one, its officers safety first and anything goes, there were no other officers on the scene and if the suspect had gained control of the officers firearm that would have been a real big problem.

    Its funny how people can make a knee jerk statement(s)after viewing a few second video footage, what happened prior to the incident and what happened after the incident?

    Calvin, lets get to the facts straight, the officer did not get out of his patrol car and immediately start struggling with the suspect, when an individual wants to fight with the police they are not a “boy”, they are making a mans decision.

    Unless I’m deaf and I’m not, the officer on several occasions told the suspect to stop resisting and he didn’t.

    Based on your statement and your knowledge of the crime, you were there prior to the footage, so maybe you should be a witness.

    The suspect was not handcuffed and was still struggling, posing a real threat to the officer safety, I would do what I had to do until the suspect was under control, I’m going home to my family at the end of the day.

    Look up the Connecticut’s use of force policy, there’s no violation here

    Protect the criminal without knowing the facts,I can’t imagine why society is the way it is.

  14. Calvin Taylor says:

    That’s some bs he used brute force when the boy was already down I would of been resisting to if I was getting punch in my face and the choked out the lies

  15. Bob says:

    I’m sorry, maybe I’m missing something… The headline says that the BPD has responded, yet I don’t see a response at all in this article.

  16. igor says:

    If this jerk was the upstanding citizen he’s pretending to be, why didn’t he help the cop?