Bridgeport police officers Elson Morales and Joe Lawlor plead guilty to role in 2011 recorded beating
Two Bridgeport police officers pleaded guilty to criminal charges in federal court for their role in a 2011 beating that was caught on camera.
Officers Elson Morales and Joe Lawlor admitted they violated Orlando Lopez-Soto's civil rights when they attacked him at Beardsley Park. Both officers say Lopez-Soto led them on a high-speed car chase when he got out of his van and fled on foot in the park.
Morales says he Tasered Lopez-Soto, who then fell to the ground. Morales then Tasered Lopez-Soto a second time and Lawlor struck him.
Both officers believed he had a gun, though the investigation later determined he did not.
Lopez-Soto's attorney Robert Berke says his client is satisfied with the agreement. Both officers face up to a year in prison and would have to hand in their badges if they are sentenced to any probation or supervised release.
Both officers will be sentenced in September.