New London police officer facing assault charge - WFSB 3 Connecticut

New London police officer facing assault charge

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Deana Nott (Office of the Chief State's Attorney) Deana Nott (Office of the Chief State's Attorney)

A New London police officer was arrested after allegedly hitting a man in the face while he was handcuffed in the back of a cruiser.

Deana Nott, 50 of Waterford, was arrested by inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, on a warrant charging her with third-degree assault.

Officials said Nott was on duty when “she struck a prisoner in the face with her closed fist as he sat handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser on June 22, 2016.”

Officers were called to a multi-family apartment on Grand Street for a domestic incident. That's where they arrested 37-year-old Adonis Smith.

Footage from inside the cruiser, obtained by the New London Day, was shared with Channel 3 and can be found here.

The footage shows officers struggling to get Smith into the cruiser.

Smith, who was in handcuffs, was hurling a lot of derogatory insults toward female Officer Nott, but he didn't seem to be violent.

Once he was inside in the car, Nott appears to throw a punch.

At the time, Smith didn't cry about it. His lower lip was cut, but according to an arrest warrant, Smith chose not to file a complaint or go to the hospital.

He was eventually convicted of interfering with an officer, assault, and breach of peace and served prison time for that.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney began investigating officer Nott and charged her with one count of third-degree assault.

Nott is still employed and is on active duty.

She is expected to appear in court on Feb. 1.

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