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Ex-East Haven Officer Faces Sentencing

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File photo of an East Haven police car (credit: Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A former East Haven police officer is asking to be spared prison time for using unreasonable force during an arrest.

John Miller, a sergeant and former president of the police union, is seeking probation when he is sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in 2012 to violating a person’s civil rights by using unreasonable force.

Authorities say Miller admitted that in 2010 he struck a handcuffed individual while the victim was in the secure custody of two other police officers.

Miller is the last of four officers charged in an investigation of mistreatment of Latinos and others to be sentenced. The others received sentences between two and five years.

Miller’s lawyer, Donald Cretella, has said the allegation against Miller did not involve mistreating any minorities.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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