BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) - An alleged victim of brutality is suing 3 Bridgeport police officers after a YouTube video surfaced showing some questionable behavior. The NAACP as well as the man's family are speaking out about the incident.
The video shot by an anonymous witness shows an alleged suspect being Tased, kicked and stomped on by Bridgeport police officers. The incident happened more than a year and a half ago but just a few weeks ago the video was uploaded to YouTube.
The man being kicked is Orlando Lopez who at the time was 25-years-old. His mother saw the video for the first time this weekend and shared her thoughts with us through an interpreter.
"After seeing it so many times her conclusion this morning was imagine if they would had killed my son for kicking him so many times. One wrong kick probably would have killed him," said Sonia Soto via translator.
"It was pretty outrageous. It's a guy lying down, he's obviously disabled at the moment, he's motionless at least the portions that I saw when he was getting kicked," said Robert Berke, Lopez' attorney.
This morning he filed a lawsuit against the 3 police officers seen kicking Orlando Lopez in the video.
"They're entitled to pursue someone in a course of an arrest, they're entitled to use reasonable force. I question whether anyone would consider this reasonable force," said Berke.
Until now, Orlando had never filed a claim against the officers for what took place that day. The video is what changed that.
"He was embarrassed, he was scared and he didn't think anyone would believe him because essentially it would be his word against the police officers.
When Bridgeport's police chief saw the video he ordered an internal investigation and pulled those 3 police officers off the streets and placed them on desk duty, where they're still receiving their paychecks but members of the NAACP in Bridgeport say the officers should be fired immediately.
"To get rid of these police officers immediately. We want them to get rid of them swiftly and decisively," said someone from the NAACP.
Both the city's mayor and Orlando Lopez's mother say they're thankful the incident was captured on camera.
"I saw the video, it's disturbing," said Mayor
"She says that if there was no video she feels the Bridgeport police department would have continued to abuse young kids, minorities and she has other children and she doesn't want it to happen to her children or anybody else's children," said the translator for Soto.