Police officers arrested after a truck prisoner was paralyzed seek a program to expunge the charges

Five former Connecticut police officers who were arrested on charges of abusing an inmate after he was paralyzed in the back of a police cruiser applied Wednesday for a probation program that could lead to charges being expunged.

The requests added to the frustration of supporters of Richard “Randy” Cox, who criticized prosecutors for only charging the five former New Haven officers with misdemeanors — negligent cruelty to persons and reckless endangerment.

A judge in New Haven has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 1 to determine whether the former officers are eligible for accelerated rehabilitation, a program generally reserved for first-time offenders that can expunge minor criminal charges if defendants successfully complete probation.

“I pray that the judge will do the right thing, which is to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law and send a strong message to police officers…that there is no tolerance for this type of behavior,” Scott X. Esdaily said. , President of the Connecticut State Conference of the NAACP.

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