BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Bridgeport police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with assaulting a man following a car crash in September, according to the Connecticut Post.
The Connecticut Post reported that on Sept. 19, Officer Davon Polite, 30, was leaving a restaurant on Hurd Avenue when a van crashed into his Mercedes. A witness told police that Polite got out of the Mercedes and got into a confrontation with the driver of the van, which ended with Polite dragging the van driver and beating and kicking him, the Connecticut Post reported.
Polite's lawyer told the Connecticut Post that Polite had been acting in self defense, and that the van had intentionally hit the Mercedes. He believes that the charges are retaliation against Polite because Polite is the president of the police department's minority organization, the Guardians, the Connecticut Post reported.
The reported victim of the beating was treated for trauma to his face, the Connecticut Post reported. Two other men, including Polite's 50-year-old father Marvin Polite, also took part in the beating, according to the Connecticut Post.
Both Davon and Marvin Polite were charged with second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace and released after posting $500 bonds, the Connecticut Post reported.
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