A Connecticut police officer was placed on administrative leave after a video shows him pistol-whipping a black teenager in the back of the head.
Bridgeport police identified the officer involved was Gianni Capozziello.
In the 21 second clip, the officer can be heard yelling “hands out the window” right before the driver is seen getting out of the car.
The officer is then seen quickly walking to the driver, pulling one of his arms toward the ground and hitting him in the head with his gun’s magazine.
Capozziello said in an incident report Fox 61 obtained that he feared the suspect was reaching for a weapon when he dropped his hands to his waist. Capozziello also said the driver, who was identified as a 17-year-old in the police report, was in a stolen vehicle.
“As soon as I became aware of the video this afternoon, I ordered the officer to be taken off duty,” Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez told Fox 61. “Following the officer’s dismissal from duty, I instructed Internal Affairs to retain the dashcam and bodycam videos of the arrest scene and to begin an investigation.
He added that Bridgeport police officers are “dealing with adverse working conditions — such as the decision to split up two-person squad cars — that jeopardize officer safety and increase occupational stress.”
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