A Meriden police officer is expected to take the stand to defend himself in federal court against brutality charges involving a man who says he suffered a fractured skull in police custody.
Evan Cossette is expected to testify Friday in U.S. District Court in New Haven. He has pleaded not guilty to civil rights violations and lying in a report about the May 2010 incident.
Surveillance video shows Cossette pushing hit-and-run accident suspect Pedro Temich of Meriden in a police station jail cell. Temich was in handcuffs, and he fell and hit his head on a concrete bench.
Cossette says Temich came at him in a threatening manner and he pushed Temich back.
Cossette, the son of Meriden Police Chief Jeffry Cossette, is on administrative leave.
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