The Office of the Chief State’s Attorney confirmed that a New London, Connecticut police officer was arrested on Monday for punching a man in the face giving him lacerations on his lip.
NBC Connecticut reports that Officer Deana Nottand, 50, was charged with third-degree assault in the June 2016 incident. Now, over a year and a half later Nottand is finally being formally charged for her actions. Nottand has been with the New London Police Department for 17 years.
In June 2016 a man was being placed under arrest for an assault charge that incurred during a bar fight. Once in handcuffs and in the back of a police cruiser, the man was punched in the mouth by Officer Nottand.
And as a result, the 37-year-old man sustained a laceration to his lower lip.
In December 2017 Nottand was suspended for the excessive force incident.
But on Monday Nottand was officially arrested for the encounter by inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, on a warrant charging her with third-degree assault. Her court date is scheduled for February 1.