(WFSB) – A police video in Hartford, Connecticut, shows an officer stomping on a detained suspect.
Police have released the dash cam video that was taken after a car chase with two suspected car thieves.
Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said, “Some of the things you are going to see on video that are going to be disturbing are Hartford police officers.”
Deputy Chief Foley is referring to dash cam video from a police cruiser, showing officers with Hartford, West Hartford, and State Police, at a scene, following a stolen car chase on June 4th. The two suspects, driver Ricardo Perez and his passenger, Emilio Diaz, being removed from the vehicle, then allegedly assaulted by officers.
Deputy Chief Foley said, “That was outside of our jurisdiction and in the hands of the state’s attorney’s office.”
The video also shows one plain-clothed officer, now identified as the now-retired Sgt. Sean Spell, a 20 year veteran of the Hartford Police Department, stomping on the head of one of the suspects.
Foley said, “The following morning, based on the appearance solely on the mugshot, because we weren’t aware of the video at that point, we started an immediate internal investigation.”
“It’s very troubling and heart breaking to know that this is going on all across the country.” said Annette Shack from the Hartford chapter of the NAACP, one of organizations that met with Hartford Police Thursday following the release of the videos. “This is not the first time this has happened in Hartford, it’s ongoing in Hartford and we always have to be vigilant about what’s going on in our community.”
Shack says they are glad to see the department is making every effort to be transparent by the release of the videos, but more work needs to be done to maintain the fragile relationship between the community and police. “I’m just hoping that they will complete this investigation and from this investigation that we can see what Hartford, what efforts they’ve made in terms of community relations. And again to bring equality and justice for our community.”
Deputy Chief Foley said, “The heaviest part of this is the fracture that something like this, the fracture that it creates between us and our city.”
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