MTA cop charged with beating ex-girlfriend
BRIDGEPORT - Accused of beating his ex-girlfriend, an MTA cop was shocked Friday when a judge ordered him to turn over his weapons.
“But I’m a police officer,” proclaimed Gerard Battista, “How am I going to do my job?”
“I could give you a number of answers to that,” Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton responded. “But right now I am ordering you to surrender your firearms.”
The judge continued the case to Dec. 5.
Battista, 49, of Fairfield, was charged Friday with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He is free on bond.
Fairfield police said on Thursday the victim was in the process of moving out of the apartment she rented with Battista when Battista knocked her on the floor and began kicking her in the lower back.
When she got up, police said Battista gouged her eyes with his thumbs and smashed her face into a coffee table.