Body camera footage released this week shows what happens when good cops step in and stop bad cops from senseless beating innocent people.
North Haven, CT — All too often, as the Free Thought Project has reported at length, police officers will stand by and do nothing as their fellow cops beat handcuffed women, manhandle children, and otherwise deprive non-violent and often entirely innocent individuals of their civil rights. The incident in this story, however, is not one of those times.
Body camera footage has just been released showing what police are supposed to do when they see a fellow officer creating a victim out of a non-violent person—step in and stop it. Now, North Haven Police Department Sgt. Michael Cirillo has been charged after good cops stepped in and prevented him from causing further harm to a man who posed no threat at all.
On New Year's Eve, the North Haven PD was investigating a burglary and harassment complaint late that morning. Cirillo was one of the responding officers.
As the body camera video shows, without provocation, Cirillo charged the suspect, who was identified as Vincent Terrone. He shoved him down and then put him in the headlock and was about to inflict even more pain just as the other officers forced him to get off Terrone.