Bridgeport police officers facing brutality lawsuit

The lawyer for Orlando Lopez says three officers used excessive force while arresting his client. (1/28/13)

BRIDGEPORT - The lawyer for a man allegedly beaten by Bridgeport police officers in 2011 filed a brutality lawsuit in federal court today.

In a video posted to YouTube last month, three officers can be seen kicking and stomping Orlando Lopez after stunning him with a Taser in Beardsley Park. The man's attorney says his client fled from police after they stopped him for having incorrectly tinted windows on his van. However, police say he was convicted on weapons and narcotics charges.

The suit accuses officers Elson Morales, Joseph Lawlor and Clive Higgins of excessive force.

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Authorities say the trio has been reassigned to desk duty, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

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