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Indianapolis police sergeant charged after body camera video showed him kicking handcuffed man in the head


The results of an internal investigation led the Marion County District Attorney to indict the Staff Sgt. Eric Huxley with official misconduct and battery with moderate bodily harm in connection with the Sept. 24 arrest of Jermaine Vaughn at the town’s Monument Circle, IMPD Lt. Shane Foley said at a press conference.

Huxley was suspended without pay and IMPD chief Randal Taylor recommended that Huxley be fired for his actions. An investigation by the Internal Affairs of the IMPD is underway.

“To the citizen involved in this incident, my thoughts and prayers are with you,” Taylor said in a statement. “This interaction does not represent the IMPD and the work our officers do every day to keep our community safe.”

Huxley claimed he accidentally kicked Vaughn in the face and intended to place his foot on Vaughn’s shoulder, according to the probable cause affidavit obtained by CNN affiliate WTHR.

CNN has reached out to District Attorney Huxley and Vaughn for comment, but has yet to hear back.

The IMPD also contacted the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office about this incident, an IMPD press release stated.

What the body camera video shows

Huxley was one of three officers who responded to the investigation into a disorderly driving incident at Monument Circle on September 24. Taylor said he did not expect the other two officers to face criminal charges, but that they are on administrative duty pending the conclusion of the internal investigation.

Taylor released video of the arrest during Tuesday’s press conference. It showed Huxley kicking Vaughn, a black man, in the head while he was on his back and handcuffed. Taylor said the video was “difficult to watch”.

The video begins with Vaughn handcuffed and searched. Vaughn is heard telling the officer, “Nobody cares what you do anymore.” Vaughn and the officer who arrested him then got into a fight when the officer started pushing Vaughn away and told him to lean back.

Moments later, Vaughn is on the ground, on his back, with the officer who arrested him above him. Huxley is seen kicking Vaughn in the head and saying “you’re done.”

Vaughn was arrested for disorderly conduct, Foley said. Vaughn was then taken to jail and did not receive medical treatment as a result of the incident, Taylor said.

An IMPD press release said the incident came to light through internal use of force review procedures, with Taylor learning of the incident on Wednesday. Taylor then ordered “an expedited internal affairs investigation and Special Investigation Unit investigation.”

A probable cause affidavit was presented to the Marion County district attorney’s office on Friday, the statement said.

“Transparency is one of those things that we strive for,” Taylor said, explaining why the IMPD decided to release the body camera images. “We did it because we want to establish the right relationship with the community that we need to have.”

Indianapolis police sergeant charged after body camera video showed him kicking handcuffed man in the head

The chief said the department first learned of the incident due to an internal reporting process called BlueTeam, where officers involved in use of force incidents “explained what force was used and why” .

“No racial epithet” was used during the incident, Taylor said when asked if race played a role in the incident.

“I would be disgusted,” Taylor said. “I would have a problem with that, but I understand, I understand what people are going to think.”

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