Po­lice of­fi­cer who hit sus­pect sus­pended


Manch­ester (AP) — A Con­necti­cut po­lice of­fi­cer has been sus­pended af­ter hit­ting a sus­pect in the head twice while ar­rest­ing him, and a sergeant has been de­moted for er­rors in re­lated pa­per­work.

The Jour­nal In­quirer re­ports than an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion found Manch­ester po­lice Of­fi­cer Robert John­son was jus­ti­fied in hit­ting the man, but might have es­ca­lated the con­fronta­tion with ag­gres­sive lan­guage and ac­tions.

The re­port said John­son may have been up­set be­cause the sus­pect had spit on him and used a racial slur.

John­son was sus­pended for five days. He said he “dealt with what was pre­sented.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion also de­ter­mined Sgt. Cleon Moses in­cor­rectly re­ported that John­son hit the man in the chest, not the head, de­spite video ev­i­dence. Moses said he made a mis­take while rush­ing through pa­per­work.

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