NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — A jury has been picked in the federal police brutality trial of a Meriden officer.
Evan Cossette, the son of Meriden Police Chief Jeffry Cossette, is accused of shoving a handcuffed man in the police department lockup in 2010. The man, Pedro Temich of Meriden, fell and fractured his skull on a concrete bench.
The Record Journal of Meriden reports (http://bit.ly/10phO8D ) 10 men and four women were chosen Tuesday to be jurors or alternates in the trial, which begins on May 28.
The incident was recorded on surveillance video, but Cossette says the video was altered by police officials to leave out key moments when Temich disobeyed commands to sit down.
Cossette has pleaded not guilty to using unreasonable force and lying in a report about the incident.
Information from: Record-Journal, http://www.record-journal.com