Prosecutors have charged a Bonne Terre police officer for allegedly striking a handcuffed suspect several times in the face while wearing a pair of brass knuckles.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said in a news release Wednesday that his office has Travis W. Cozine with assault in the second degree, armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

It is unclear whether he has a defense attorney yet.

Prosecutors say the Bonne Terre Police Department was called in May to investigate a domestic disturbance, and Cozine made the arrest during that investigation. Injuries to the suspect’s face resulted in a laceration that had to be closed with stitches by emergency room personnel.

The Bonne Terre Police Department requested that the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigate.

Cozine has been suspended.

Handcuff
Thinkstock
loading...