Police Sergeant Being Investigated After Kicking Handcuffed Man in Head

In Summary

An Indianapolis police sergeant is under investigation for allegedly kicking a Black man in handcuffs in the head during an arrest. 

WARNING – This story contains details and videos of police violence. Resources for those triggered by this coverage are available here.     

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a sergeant with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department after body camera video showed him kicking a man in handcuffs in the head.  

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According to CNN, Sergeant Eric Huxley has been criminally charged on the state level and could be fired. John E. Childress, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, said, “If the investigation reveals prosecutable violations of any federal criminal statutes, the [Justice] Department will take appropriate action.”  

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The incident happened on September 24 when police arrested Jermaine Vaughn. Huxley was charged with official misconduct and battery with moderate bodily injury. He has also been suspended without pay, and the Indianapolis Police Chief Randal Taylor has recommended he be fired for his behavior. 

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“To the citizen involved in this incident, my thoughts and prayers go out to you,” Taylor said. “That interaction does not represent IMPD and the work our officers do each day to keep our community safe.”  

Huxley alleges the kick to Vaughn’s face was accidental and he meant to instead put his foot on the man’s shoulder. According to a press release from the police department, the incident was brought to light through an internal review of use-of-force procedures. After learning about it, Taylor ordered an internal affairs investigation.  

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“Transparency is one of those things that we’ve been striving for,” Taylor said about the body camera video. “We’ve done that because we want to build the correct relationship with the community that we need to have.”  

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