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Police Release Tape Of Altercation At Department

March 5, 2010 by John Rook

The Cheshire Police Department released the video recording of an altercation that occurred between an officer and a former Town Council candidate on Wednesday in an effort to counter claims made that the officer used excessive force.
Michael Evans, 47, of Cheshire, who ran as an at-large Democratic candidate for the Town Council last fall, was arrested at approximately 12:38 a.m. on Feb. 25 and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to drive right, after his vehicle crashed into a guard rail on South Meriden Road. He was later charged with interfering with a police officer.
After being transported to the Cheshire Police Department for processing, Evans claims he was assaulted when an officer threw him to the ground and handcuffed him behind his back, causing a cut to open up on the bridge of his nose.
“I said that I wanted to see the officer's badge,” explained Evans, on Tuesday. “I said that I was going to call (Town Manager) Michael Milone and tell him how I was being treated. The next thing I know, I was slammed down, handcuffed behind my back, and I was bleeding.”
The video, released to local news outlets by the department, shows Evans being led out of a holding cell at the station by an officer, ushering him towards the bathroom. Evans, walking in front of the officer, is seen going out of the frame and then returning a moment later, when he begins to point his finger at the officer while moving towards him.
No audio is provided so it is not known what was said by either party.
As Evans moves closer, the officer grabs his wrist and attempts to subdue him, pushing Evans' arms above his head as he struggles. A second officer can then be seen coming to assist, and Evans is taken down to the ground and handcuffed.
Police Chief Michael Cruess believes that the tape shows that it was Evans who had become “physically aggressive” towards one of the officers and that, as the result of “his actions,” he was restrained.
“I, along with other supervisory members of the Cheshire Police Department, have reviewed the recordings of this incident. Upon review, I believe that the officers used the appropriate amount of force to subdue Mr. Evans,” said Cruess. “I also believe the officers showed a great amount of restraint in dealing with Mr. Evans. This is a testament to their training and professionalism.”
Evans, however, denied on Tuesday that he had become physical with the officer and called the police claims “preposterous.”
“I catergorically deny that,” he said. As of Wednesday, it appears that Evans had not seen the tape of the altercation.
In addition to the physical incident at the department, Evans claims that his overall treatment by officers was poor, alleging that he was denied the opportunity to call his wife several times and that, after an initial breathalizer test failed to produce a result, was denied the chance to re-take the test sometime later.
At one point, Evans stated that he told officers, “I bet you treated Steven Hayes better when he was here then you're treating me.”
However, Police Lt. Jay Markella, who also reviewed the tape, denied Evans's suggestion that he was denied the opportunity to call his wife. In fact, Markella states that Evans can be seen making two phone calls on the video recording of his time at the department, one of which was made at 12:55 a.m. and another at approximately 1:15 a.m. Markella did not reveal to whom Evans placed those calls.
In regards to the breathalizer test, Markella suggested that officers may have recorded that Evans refused to take the test if they determined he was purposely not breathing into the device properly.
Evans stated that he spoke with an attorney on Sunday and was planning to meet with him on Thursday to discuss whether to move forward with a lawsuit. As of Tuesday, he had not decided what his next course of action would be.
“I am tired of the publicity of this, already,” he admitted.

Comments

BLOW HARDER

March 8, 2010 by War Monger, 4 years 41 weeks ago
Comment: 124

YA KNOW,
FROM EXPERIENCE, I HAVE FOUND THAT WHEN A PERSON BLOWS INTO TO MACHINE AND IT DOES NOT REGISTAR WHAT THE CHESHIRE POLICE WANT IT TO, THEY HAVE A HABIT OF SAYING 'YOU DID NOT BLOW HARD ENOUGH' AND THEY WILL ARREST YOU FOR REFUSING TO TAKE THE TEST. AND U WILL LOOSE YOUR LICENSE FOR 90 DAYS FOR THE REFUSAL. AND STILL GET ARRESTED FOR A DUI. A PERSON CANNOT WIN CAUSE THEY WILL GET YOU EITHER WAY. WHY DID THEY NOT GIVE THE PERSON INVOLVED A URINE TEST? BUT THEY WILL NOT EVEN IF YOU REQUEST ONE. THE POLICE WILL SAY ITS UP TO THEM AS TO WHAT TEST THEY WANT TO ADMINISTER.THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.
SINCERELY
War Monger

Video

March 8, 2010 by Sean, 4 years 41 weeks ago
Comment: 122

I have reviewed the video many time and have also found a 13 minute video detailing the entire incident. Mr Evans is very coorperative and it appears at times the are laughing at him or the situation. There is not any footage that show Mr Evans threatening them in anyway. Jus another case where a police in a small town with nothing to do and wanted to show there strength on a man with an clean record which I am sure they had already checked at this point. I hope people will watch the longer version which clearly shows Mr Evans cooperating and bloodied up from the throw down by these two power hungry police. I hope Mr Evans takes legal action on the police and the truth will set him free...they should be ashamed of themselves.

Police

March 6, 2010 by Patrick, 4 years 41 weeks ago
Comment: 121

There are times when the police must use force when an individual becomes aggressive. From the video, it looks like Mr. Evans was
was asking the officer a question. Did the officers feel so "threatened" that they had to slam Mr. Evans into the ground causing him to hurt his face? Or did the officer feel that Mr. Evans did not have the right to stand up for himself and ask for his badge?

Should we citizens that obey the laws of this country fear the police? Police departments are not perfect and should realize that more than one individual questioned by them will "dare" to ask for their information in return. Please do not be offended if we do, remember, you work for us, not the other way around.

Innocent until proven guilty.

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