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Hartford police investigate possible excessive force incident

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Ricardo Perez was charged with reckless driving and assault of officers. (Hartford PD) Ricardo Perez was charged with reckless driving and assault of officers. (Hartford PD)

An investigation is underway after a West Hartford police cruiser camera appears to show an officer kicking or stomping on an arrestee after that person was handcuffed recently.

The incident was reported on Saturday, June 4, when Hartford, West Hartford and CT State Police officers were involved in a chase.

Police were trying to pull over a car that appeared to have been stolen. The car led police on a chase through Hartford and eventually stopped in West Hartford.

While police were arresting the occupants of the stolen vehicle, officers used a stun gun to assist in the arrests.

Police said both arrestees appear to have suffered apparent facial injuries at some point.

Upon preliminary review of the incident and evidence, police said it appears there is a question of excessive force used by officers.

Hartford police launched an investigation on June 5 and the incident will be reviewed and investigated by the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s office to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

Hartford police said four police vehicles were damaged during the pursuit.

Two officers and one of the suspects also suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Ricardo Perez is faces numerous charges which include reckless driving, first-degree larceny, engaging police in pursuit, three counts of assault on police and two drug charges.

"This is a man whose been arrested 18 times in the city of Hartford, he's a convicted felon, he's run from the cops at least four times before this, he has multiple reckless driving charge, multiple interfering with police charges, he rammed several cruisers and actually hit one of our detectives with his car as he was pulling away and getting away," said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.

Emilo Diaz was also charged in the incident. He will face charges of interference, possession of a hallucinagenic and possession of marijuana.

Two Hartford police officers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a disturbance on Park St. in which several cruisers were damaged.

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