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Missouri Officer Accused of Striking Handcuffed Suspect

Once the suspect was handcuffed, Cozine allegedly punched him in the face several times with brass knuckles.

October 17, 2018 - 5:17 pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - 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 charged 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.