Police Pursuit Video Released

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A video released by Hartford police appears to show a sergeant stomping on the head of a handcuffed man who was on the ground.
The video was taken June 4 during the arrests of Ricardo Perez and Emilio Diaz after a car chase from Hartford into West Hartford. Police said Perez struck a detective with a stolen car and damaged four police cruisers.
Booking photos show the men with serious facial injuries.

The Hartford Courant reports the video released Wednesday appears to show Sgt. Sean Spell drop his left leg onto a man’s head. It wasn’t clear if the man was Perez or Diaz. Authorities say Spell is now retired.

A prosecutor is investigating whether officers used excessive force.
A message was left at a phone listing for Spell.


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