HARTFORD -- A retired Hartford police sergeant was convicted Thursday of assault for his use of force against a man involved in a confrontation with officers following a 2016 pursuit.
Spell received a one-year suspended jail sentence and will be on probation for two years. He must also perform 25 hours of community service while on probation.
The charges against Spell stem from an incident where dash cam video showed Spell kicking passenger Emilio Diaz in the back of the head on June 4.
According to police, both the driver, Ricardo Perez, and Diaz, violently resisted arrest. An arrest warrant states that Spell kicked Diaz in the head, who was already handcuffed and kneeling on the ground.