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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – The now-retired Hartford police sergeant caught on camera kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head following a police pursuit has been convicted of assault.

Prosecutors say Sean Spell, 46, of East Hartford pleaded no contest to one count of third-degree assault and was sentenced to two years of probation and 25 hours of community service Thursday, for improper use of force. Spell received a one-year suspended prison sentence.

Spell was arrested in December 2016, six months after the pursuit from Hartford into West Hartford. Authorities say Spell kicked a man who had been in the vehicle, as he was kneeling on the ground handcuffed. Spell retired in the months after the incident.


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