Officer who struck suspect suspended; sergeant demoted

MANCHESTER, Connecticut. – A Connecticut police officer has been suspended after hitting a suspect in the head twice during an arrest, and a sergeant was demoted for errors related paperwork.

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

The report says Johnson may have been angry because the defendant had spit on him and used a racist insult.

Johnson was suspended for five days. He said that he “handled, which was presented.”

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


Information from: Journal Inquirer,

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