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Officer who punched woman investigated

July 1, 2009 2:59:50 PM PDT
A police officer in Connecticut is under investigation for allegedly punching a Stamford woman in the forehead when he arrested her last week for driving without a license. Stamford police say they haven't received a formal complaint against Officer Gregory Zach, but they began investigating anyway because the incident is serious. There's a picture of the woman with a large bump on her forehead that appeared in the media.

Police spokesman Lt. Sean Cooney says the woman, 40-year-old Brenda Mazariegos, punched Zach in the mouth and he had to use force against her.

The arrest happened last week in a parking lot behind a nightclub Mazariegos owns, shortly before a downtown concert.

Police say there's surveillance video of the incident, but its quality is poor.


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