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Judge: cop can challenge video at brutality trial

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MERIDEN, CT (AP) -

A federal judge has ruled that a Meriden police officer charged with brutality can challenge the use of a video of the incident as evidence during his trial.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arteron on Monday rejected a pretrial request by Officer Evan Cossette to bar prosecutors from using the video. But the judge said Cossette can object during the trial to the video being admitted into evidence.

Cossette says the video was altered to leave out key moments and shouldn't be shown to a jury. He has pleaded not guilty to using unreasonable force and lying in a report.

Prosecutors say Cossette pushed Pedro Temich of Meriden in the police department lockup in 2010, causing Temich to fall and fracture his skull.

Jury selection is set to begin May 7.

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