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New Haven officer slashed while arresting suspected drug dealer

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An officer in New Haven was stabbed while arresting a suspected drug dealer.

Police sources told city officials that Javier Gonzalez, 32, resisted arrest and attacked the officer just before 5 p.m. on Monday.

The officer was conducting a patrol in the area of Church Street South and Union Avenue when it happened.

Police said Gonzalez allegedly stabbed 24-year-old Police Officer Paul Prusinski in his right arm several times.

Officials said the officer was wounded several times on his right forearm. He was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for emergency room treatment, and was later released.

However, according to court documents, there is no mention of the officer being stabbed and with what.

Gonzalez's lawyer said there was no weapon at the crime scene and now his family said their loved one was beat up by police for no reason.

The attorney said he saw three videos and saw his client on his knees punched in the face by an officer, and said there was a backhoe in the area but no weapon was found on Gonzalez.

However, according to the police report Gonzalez had crack cocaine and marijuana on him.

Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug-related offenses and assault on a police officer. He also was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for injuries sustained during his arrest.

"It broke my heart because he didn't deserve that," said Yvette Liz, who is Gonzalez's girlfriend, who spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News.

A video obtained by Eyewitness News shows Gonzalez on the ground, possibly resisting arrest, and he is seen getting thrown to the ground.

"It's tough to see that he's not fighting back and they are beating him up for no reason, like, he's standing still," Liz said. "It's uncalled for, and to slam him and the cop car almost hit him."

Gonzalez is being held on a $75,000 bond and is expected to appear in court again in a few weeks.

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