Report: Ex-police sergeant kicked cuffed man for spitting

Hartford police cruiser (WTNH /George Roelofsen)
Hartford police cruiser (WTNH /George Roelofsen)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A now-retired Connecticut police sergeant says in a newly released incident report that he kicked a handcuffed man in the head because the man refused to stop spitting blood at him.

Hartford police on Tuesday released documents in an investigation into whether officers used excessive force during the June arrests of Ricardo Perez and Emilio Diaz.

A video released in October appears to show Sgt. Sean Spell drop his left leg onto a man’s head.

Spell’s incident report says Diaz appeared to be high on PCP and was spitting at him. It says Spell used force after Diaz refused to stop and comply with orders.

Diaz’s lawyer tells The Hartford Courant his client “denies spitting blood at anybody.” Spell’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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