A Bridgeport, Conn., police officer has been suspended after video surfaced of him smacking a young suspect in the back of the head with his pistol.
The officer, identified as Gianni Capozziello, is shown on the video approaching a red SUV that police said had been reported stolen. The cop then smashes the suspect in the head with his gun, knocking him to the ground, according to a report by WTIC-TV.
Capozziello wrote in a report of the incident, which took place Friday, that he yelled repeatedly at the suspect to “stick his hands out the window” after pulling the vehicle over.
When the unidentified driver got out of the SUV, the cop “utilized the magazine well area of (his) pistol as an emergency impact weapon,” the station said.
Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said he put Capozziello on administrative leave “as soon as I became aware of the video” Saturday.
“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,” the chief said. “Everything that can immediately be done to address this incident has been done.”