Trial Underway in East Haven Police Civil Rights Case


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East Haven Police Officer, David Cari, right, and his lawyer, leave U.S. District Court in Hartford for a lunch break on Sept.23,
Photo by Melanie Stengel/New Haven Register
Prosecutors Tuesday showed jurors photos of a bloodied Moises Marin, a key witness in the government’s civil rights case against two members of the East Haven Police Department.
Jurors in U.S. District Court today will hear from Marin, as he is expected to recount his version of the events that took place Nov. 21, 2008, a night in which prosectors claim Officer Dennis Spaulding used excessive force to arrest Marin on charges of interfering with police and breach of peace.
Marin’s sister, Wesfalia Rocha, testified Tuesday that her brother “looked sad, very nervous, spoke very little and looked panicked” when she saw him early the next morning after his release from police custody.
“He was in a lot of pain,” she said through a Spanish interpreter.
When asked by federal prosecutor Richard J. Shechter why she did not ask police to call for an ambulance, Rocha said it was “because it was police that did this to him.”
The jury saw photos Rocha took of Marin being fitted for a neck brace, loaded onto a gurney and taken away by ambulance.
Frank J. Riccio, Spaulding’s attorney, asked her if she knew the state’s law for closing times at bars, the number of liquor violations her brother’s restaurant had racked up and whether East Haven police officers ever walked out of the department when Marin was being led into the ambulance.

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