Vermont state trooper headed to trial for allegedly punching suspect

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A Vermont state trooper accused of punching a handcuffed suspect in the head will now be going to trial.

The Bennington Banner reports State Trooper Robert Zink will go to trial on an assault charge on November 1.

Zink is accused of punching a suspect, who police say resisted arrest, tripping officers and kicking Zink.

Trooper Zink then allegedly hit the suspect’s legs and head.

He has been on leave since April 2021.