Law­maker calls for dash cams af­ter al­leged beat­ing caught on video

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Bridge­port (AP) — A Con­necti­cut law­maker is call­ing for dash cam­eras to be in­stalled on po­lice cars af­ter a video showed of­fi­cers al­legedly beat­ing a teenager.

State Rep. Christopher Rosario said Tues­day he and com­mu­nity lead­ers met with Bridge­port Po­lice Chief Ar­mando Perez to dis­cuss the in­ci­dent.

Perez has said he has placed sev­eral of­fi­cers on ad­min­is­tra­tive sta­tus while the Of­fice of In­ter­nal Af­fairs in­ves­ti­gates. The Fri­day video shows 18-yearold Aaron Kear­ney be­ing forced face-first against a car hood while his mother pleads for po­lice not to hurt him.

The video also shows an of­fi­cer hit­ting Kear­ney’s face.

Po­lice said they re­sponded to the scene af­ter the teen re­ported a mi­nor traf­fic ac­ci­dent.

Rosario, a Bridge­port Demo­crat, said state funds are avail­able to ac­quire and in­stall dash cam­eras.

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