An officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been hit with a pair of felony charges after he was caught on bodycam footage kicking a handcuffed man in the head amid an arrest last month.
Sgt. Eric Huxley was charged on Tuesday with official misconduct and battery with moderate bodily injury following an internal investigation lead by the Marion County District Attorney. He has also been suspended without pay and IMPD Chief Randal Taylor has recommended Huxley be terminated for his actions during the the arrest of Jeremiah Vaughn, which unfolded on Sept. 24 at the city’s Monument Circle.© Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Eric Huxley
Sgt. Eric Huxley (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department/)
Huxley was one of three officers responding to a report of disorderly conduct when he first crossed paths with 38-year-old Vaughn, who is Black. Body camera video of the confrontation, played during a press conference on Tuesday, starts off with Vaughn, who is already in handcuffs, getting searched by police. He tells the arresting officer, who has not been named, that “nobody cares what you do anymore,” prompting a brief scuffle.
Vaughn lands on the ground just a few moments later. Huxley then can be seen kicking the suspect in the head, telling him: “You’re done.”
According to a probable cause affidavit, Vaughn was arrested for disorderly conduct and remained behind bars at the Marion County Jail as of Tuesday. He’s being held on $150 bond. While Huxley has not yet been taken into custody, police told the Indy Star an arrest warrant will be issued for the officer if he does not turn himself in.
Taylor said in a press release Wednesday that he only just became aware of the incident on Oct. 6 and immediately ordered “an expedited internal affairs investigation and Special Investigation Unit investigation.” IMPD has also contacted the FBI and US Attorney’s office about the confrontation.
The police chief noted the video was released in a bid to be transparent and that he is fully aware that “there’s going to be some people upset” by it.
“My hope is that the community understands that when these things come to our attention, we’ll deal with them quickly, get those people off the force,” Taylor said. “Please don’t hold that against our men and women that are doing a great job for you day in and day out.”
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