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Jury selection to start in Meriden officer's trial

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published May 07. 2013 9:00AM   Updated May 07. 2013 9:24AM

New Haven (AP) — The prosecution and defense in the brutality trial of a Meriden police officer are set to begin picking jurors.

Jury selection in Evan Cossette's case is scheduled to begin Tuesday in federal court in New Haven. The trial is expected to begin May 28.

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 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.


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