2 New Haven officers fired over involvement in Randy Cox case

Cox was paralyzed last June after he was injured in the back of a police transport van that did not have seatbelts.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2023, 11:50 AM

Updated 319 days ago

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The New Haven Police Commission has fired two of the five police officers involved in the incident that left Randy Cox paralyzed.
Cox was paralyzed last June after he was injured in the back of a police transport van that did not have seatbelts.
Officials say officer Oscar Diaz slammed on his brakes to avoid a collision. Cox flew head-first into a metal partition as a result. Police video shows officers dragging Cox out of the van by his feet at the police station.
On Wednesday night, the commission terminated officers Luis Rivera and Jocelyn Lavandier.
All five of the officers have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor second-degree reckless engagement and cruelty charges.
Rivera, Lavandier, Diaz, Ronald Pressley and Sgt. Betsy Segui have been on administrative leave since June 2022 and were arrested in November. Pressley retired in January.
New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson had recommended the termination of the officers involved.


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