Bridgeport officer pulled from duty as traffic stop video emerges

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A police officer in Bridgeport has been pulled from duty after a video posted online shows the officer hitting a man in the back of a head with his gun during a traffic stop.

The incident reportedly happened on Friday night.

In the video, the man is then seen dropping to the ground.

In a statement, Police Chief A.J. Perez says, “I instructed Internal Affairs to retain the dashcam and bodycam videos of the arrest scene and to begin an investigation. Everything that can immediately be done to address this incident, has been done.”

While Mayor Joe Ganim says he hasn't yet seen the video, he adds, “No acts consistent with what has been described to me will be tolerated from any member of the Bridgeport Police Department. I will do everything in my power to ensure accountability and a speedy internal investigation."  

WATCH: Raw viewer video of traffic stop encounter (courtesy Facebook user Staxxx Rivera)

 

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