HARTFORD, Conn. — A former Hartford police sergeant caught on video stomping on a handcuffed man’s head following a car chase has been sentenced to two years of probation and 25 hours of community service.
Former Sgt. Sean Spell avoided potential jail time Thursday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault.
The 46-year-old Spell was arrested after a June 2016 encounter with Emilio Diaz following a police chase of a stolen car from Hartford into West Hartford. A police dashboard camera recorded Spell stomping on Diaz’s head.
Spell said he kicked Diaz because Diaz refused to stop spitting blood at him. Diaz denies the allegation.
Spell was allowed to retire last year amid a police excessive force investigation.
Drug possession and other charges remain pending against Diaz in connection with the chase.