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Do police officers have a license to club?

So asks professional gadfly Andy Thibault  in this column (free registration may be required):

Thirteen years ago, videotape showed a Hartford cop whacking a handcuffed student in the face. Miraculously, the cop was fired. Then, four months later, he was rehired. The kid must have attacked the club with his head.

Just last month, we saw elements of a police riot -- again -- at the University of Hartford.

Before I get too far, though, I must acknowledge that some people like to bait cops, even fight them. This might have been part of the milieu Oct. 31 at the university. Still, this does not excuse clubbing someone who is cuffed, observing or just asking a question.

We have promises now of a full investigation and a report. That's more than most people get, but it's not enough. Is there really any chance that a serious investigation will take place and that people will be held accountable? Perhaps for the former; the odds are bad for the latter.

Connecticut needs a viable system to deal with police brutality complaints. No credible, neutral mechanisms exist.

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