Trial starts for officer accused of beating man

Testimony began Monday in the trial of a Bridgeport police officer accused of beating a man and violating his civil rights.



Officer Clive Higgins is one of three officers charged in the 2011 beating of Orlando Lopez-Soto. A video purportedly shows the officers kicking Lopez-Soto after he was shot with a stun gun following a car chase.



Higgins, who has been a Bridgeport police officer since 2002, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.



The other two officers, Elson Morales and Joseph Lawlor, pleaded guilty in June to depriving Lopez-Soto of his civil rights.



Lopez-Soto is serving five years in prison on drug and weapons charges.


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