Family decries Bridgeport teen's treatment during arrest

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BRIDGEPORT -

Relatives of a Bridgeport teen arrested over the weekend say he didn't deserve to be struck in the head by one of the police officers involved -- and they say they want the officer fired.

Aaron Kearney, 18, faces charges of assaulting an officer after a minor car accident spiraled out of control.

When police arrived, they found that Kearney's license was suspended. As News 12 has reported, the situation escalated and more police came to the scene.

Kearney's mother recorded video of the incident, which appears to show Officer Christina Arroyo punching the teen in the head as other officers hold him against a car.

"We want her to be gone, because we don't want her to be able to do that to somebody else's nephew, brother, son, grandson," says Tiffany Elliott, Kearney's aunt. "She needs to be gone."  

The family says Chief AJ Perez, of the Bridgeport Police Department, has been proactive. Arroyo has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation.

Arroyo has also faced two previous lawsuits over use of force.

"The female officer who was continually pounding him in the head, and then threatening my sister-in-law, she shouldn't be in law enforcement," Elliott says. "If you don't have the control that officers have to have, then you should not be holding a badge."

The family has hired a lawyer who did not immediately respond to a News 12 request for comment.

State Rep. Christopher Rosario says he is urging Bridgeport police to start using dashboard cameras following the incident.

Kearney was a captain of the Harding High School football team.

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