New Haven supervisor arrested for assault caught on video

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NEW HAVEN — A supervisor for New Haven’s emergency dispatch center turned himself in to police Friday after video surfaced showing him allegedly slapping a man outside a shopping plaza.

Justin Augustine, who oversees civilian fire and police dispatchers at the city’s Public Safety Answering Point, faces charges of third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

Police responded to a private residence at 12:06 a.m. June 14 for a reported assault that occurred hours earlier at a different location.

Officers obtained video footage showing a male slapping another male seated on the ground outside a store in a Whalley Avenue shopping plaza.

The video clip, which circulated widely on social media, led to Augustine’s identification as the alleged assailant.

Augustine surrendered to authorities on June 21 after an arrest warrant was issued.

He was released on a $2,500 bond set by the court.

The charges against Augustine are accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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