CSAO: Former Hartford Police Sergeant Convicted of Improper Use of Force

Former Hartford Police Sergeant Convicted of Improper Use of Force

A retired Hartford police sergeant was convicted today of assault for his use of force against a man involved in a confrontation with officers following a 2016 motor vehicle pursuit.

SEAN C. SPELL, age 46, of East Hartford pled no contest in Hartford Superior Court to one count of Assault in the Third Degree. Superior Court Judge Omar A. Williams entered a finding of guilt and sentenced Spell to one year incarceration, execution suspended, two years’ probation and 25 hours of community service.

Spell was arrested in December 2016 as a result of an investigation conducted by the Connecticut State Police in conjunction with State’s Attorney David Shepack of the Judicial District of Litchfield, who prosecuted the case.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the charge stemmed from a confrontation between the driver and passenger in a motor vehicle involved in a police pursuit on June 4, 2016, that ended on Flatbush Avenue in West Hartford.

According to the warrant, Spell kicked the passenger in the head after the pursuit had ended and the man had been handcuffed by officers and was kneeling on the ground. At the time of the incident, Spell was a Hartford police sergeant. He has since retired.

On June 10, 2016, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane assigned State’s Attorney Shepack to oversee the investigation, which resulted in the issuance of the arrest warrant.

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