Hartford Police launch excessive force investigation

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Police have launched an investigation stemming from a June 4th incident involving the possible use of excessive force by a police officer.

Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley tells News 8 that Hartford, West Hartford, and Connecticut State Police engaged in a motor vehicle pursuit that began in Hartford, and ended in West Hartford. The pursuit began when a Hartford officer determined that the car in question had been stolen.Related Content: 2 arrests made after Hartford police officers injured in stolen car chase

As officers attempted to stop the car, the driver sped away before being stopped by ‘stop sticks’ in West Hartford. Both the driver and the passenger were placed under arrest. Foley says a stun gun was used during the arrests.

While the exact circumstances of the two arrests are unknown, Foley says a West Hartford Police cruiser camera appears to show an officer kicking or stomping on one of the arrestees while that person was in handcuffs.

Hartford Police initiated an internal investigation into the matter on June 5th.

The incident will be reviewed and investigated by the State’s Attorney’s office who will determine if criminal charges will be filed.

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