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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two former East Haven officers convicted of violating Latinos' civil rights are facing sentencing.

David Cari and Dennis Spaulding are scheduled to learn their fates Tuesday in federal court in Hartford.

A jury convicted them in October of conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of Hispanics, making false arrests and filing false reports. Spaulding also was convicted of using unreasonable force.

They were among four East Haven officers charged in January 2012 with harassing and abusing Hispanics. The two other officers pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

Cari is asking for a three-month prison sentence, while Spaulding is seeking home confinement and community service. Both were allowed to retire from the force.

Prosecutors want multi-year prison sentences to send a message that no one, not even police, are above the law.

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