Ex-East Haven police officer gets 4 months

East Haven police headquarters (File).

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former East Haven police officer has received a four-month prison sentence for using unreasonable force during an arrest.

John Miller, a sergeant and former president of the police union, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in 2012 to violating a person’s civil rights by using unreasonable force.

Authorities say Miller, who had sought probation, admitted that in 2010 he struck a handcuffed individual while the victim was in the secure custody of two other police officers.

Miller is the last of four officers charged in an investigation of mistreatment of Latinos and others to be sentenced. The others received sentences between two and five years.

Miller’s lawyer, Donald Cretella, has said the allegation against Miller did not involve mistreating any minorities.

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