Jury Selection Begins for Officer Accused of Brutality

By Katie Harris
|  Tuesday, May 7, 2013  |  Updated 2:10 PM EDT
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Jury Selection Begins for Officer Accused of Brutality

Evan Cossette, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of unreasonable force and lying in a report, is trying to get the surveillance video of the incident disallowed from the trial.

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Jury selection is set to begin today in the trial of a Meriden police officer accused of brutality.

Prosecutors said Evan Cossette assaulted Pedro Temich of Meriden in the police lockup in 2010.

Temich fell and broke his skull and video of the attack was caught on camera.

Cossette, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of unreasonable force and lying in a report, is trying to get the surveillance video of the incident disallowed from the trial.

He said it was altered to leave out key moments from the incident.

On Monday, a federal judge said Cossette can challenge the use of video to be used as evidence.

Evan Cossette’s father, Jeffry Cossette, is the chief of the Meriden police department.

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