Protest, Arrests Over Hartford Police Use-Of-Force Video

Black Lives Matter activists protested outside City Hall and blocked streets in Hartford, Connecticut in response to a police dash cam video released last week that depicts a case of possible excessive use of force. The video shows the aftermath of a car chase in June. Police Sergeant Sean Spell, who is white, appears to calmly stomp a Hispanic man in the head as the man lay handcuffed on the ground, in view of at least two other officers. Activists said they were upset it took police four months to release the video, during which time Spell retired from the force. The city says a prosecutor is investigating whether excessive force was used.

Protest, Arrests Over Hartford Police Use-Of-Force Video

By Davis Dunavin

Oct 11, 2016

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Black Lives Matter activists protested outside City Hall and blocked streets in Hartford, Connecticut, on Monday. It was in response to a police dash cam video released last week that depicts a case of possible excessive use of force.2

The video shows the aftermath of a car chase in June. Police Sergeant Sean Spell, who is white, appears to calmly stomp a Hispanic man in the head as the man lay handcuffed on the ground, in view of at least two other officers.

Activists said they were upset it took police four months to release the video, during which time Spell retired from the force. Activist Cornell Lewis said, “The police are paid to protect us. We’re not giving them our tax dollars to abuse us. And that’s why we’re out here today.”

 

Police arrested eight of the protesters for blocking traffic as the group chanted on the street outside Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s house.

“We feel as if the mayor and some city officials don’t have complete control over the police department,” Lewis said.

In a statement, Bronin said the video raises serious concerns, but that it was released as soon as legally possible. The city says a prosecutor is investigating whether excessive force was used.

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