A man is suing the city of Meriden after he said a traffic stop four years ago resulted in an unlawful body cavity search.
He said he was abused by police officers and claims he has the video to prove it.
The city tried to get the case thrown out on Monday but a federal court judge is allowing the case to go to trial.
The evidence Derrick Bryant is trying to use in court is a video where he has his pants down with a spit mask on his head and he is surrounded by three officers that are about to do a probe, inside of a holding cell.
Bryant said he was sexually abused at the hands of some of the city's police force.
“There's no police accountability. It's really shameful because we have so many excellent police officers who are great people, but just like in anything, there are a minority who just aren't so great,” said Jason Teal, president of Meriden's NAACP chapter.
He and Bryant's lawyer said weeks before the arrest Bryant got involved in a verbal dispute with officers who responded to an incident at Bryant's mother's home.
Three weeks later, his attorney said he was pulled over, suspected of carrying drugs.
Bryant's attorney said none were found yet he was still taken to a holding cell.
When asked if Bryant was hostile or combative, Teal said “I don't know, I can't speak to that. But there's no reason to use excessive force.”
After a cavity search was performed, police said they found crack cocaine.
Bryant's lawyer said the drugs were planted and Teal said the search was illegal from the start.
“A medical professional needs to be there, while you're doing a cavity search and you also need to have a warrant to do a cavity search and neither were present,” Teal said.
On Tuesday, one day after legislators passed a bill that would allow body cameras on state and local officers, Eyewitness News learned the civil suit will be heard in court.
“This bill comes in a timely fashion. I wish this was passed before this happened,” Teal said.
The case is expected to go to trial in January.
The city of Meriden and its police department had no comment on this matter.
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