“Connecticut Police Department Tries to Arrest One of Its Own For Brutality, State’s Attorney Says Nope, Too Complicated”
Is it possible to appreciate law enforcement while noting far too many of its members are allowed to get away with rogue behavior? Or perhaps better put, is rogue behavior itself becoming normalized within law enforcement, at least to the extent that law enforcement is able to protect its own? The Courant:
According to the arrest warrant application, Worden told [Lt. Lawrence] Curtis that he hit [suspect Mark] Maher twice in the shoulder area because he was resisting arrest and that Maher was “tensing his arm” and “clenching his fists” while Worden was patting him down on the hood of a cruiser.
Worden told Curtis that he delivered two closed fist punches aimed at Maher’s upper right arm “to disrupt the nerves and incapacitate the muscles so the arms could be controlled.” Worden said Maher was thrashing on the ground after officers took him down and that “this thrashing caused one of the punches to hit Maher in the right side of his forehead above the eye,” the application states.
The application states Curtis concluded that the video did not show Maher resisting arrest and that at one point it shows Worden, while Maher is on the ground with one arm pinned behind him, stopping to adjust the glove on his right hand before delivering two of the four punches he threw.
In her letter rejecting the arrest warrant [state's attorney Gail] Hardy said the video “depicts many moving parts where it is extremely difficult to keep up with everything that is going on with all parties.”
(h/t Reason, which notes that “Hardy was appointed state’s attorney for Hartford in 2007 after working for the state’s Division of Criminal Justice for 11 years. She is the chief law enforcement officer for the judicial district of Hartford.”)