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A Stratford woman has filed a federal lawsuit against city police, alleging that a booking officer physically assaulted her during an arrest last year while four police officers did nothing to intervene.
The videotape of the police department booking area — supplied to The Courant by the woman's civil attorney — shows the officer, Kiela Farmer, grabbing Kelly Smith by the neck and pushing her to the ground. Smith, who co-owns a business in the city, can be heard screaming obscenities and yelling for the officer to get off her.
At least two other officers assisted Farmer and eventually got Smith's hands behind her back and handcuffed her. As Smith then tried to kick her, Farmer grabbed her by the legs, and with the assistance of other officers, dragged her into a holding cell.
Pieces of Smith's hair are visible on the floor after she was dragged into the cell.
The lawsuit alleges that Farmer and the four officers — Michael Dos Santos, Omar Jiminez, Edward Rivera and Michael Sigrist — violated Smith's civil rights. The lawsuit claims that none of the officers did anything to stop Farmer's attack on Smith.Farmer is a civilian employee with the title of booking officer. Smith filed an internal affairs complaint against the five officers. The charges against the police officers were not sustained. Internal affairs found that Farmer violated several rules and regulations and referred the investigation to the city's Department of Labor Relations, records show. The status of the labor relations investigation of Farmer was unclear.
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In: Regional News
Tags: caught on tape, raw video, cctv, surveillance, security camera, jail, cops, use of force, woman
Location: Stratford, Connecticut, United States (load item map)
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