An Indianapolis police sergeant charged after showing body camera video of him kicking a handcuffed man in the head
The results of an internal investigation led the Marion County District Attorney to indict Sgt. IMPD Lieutenant Shane Foley said during a press conference that Eric Huxley has been in official misconduct and battery with moderate bodily injury in connection with the arrest of Jermaine Vaughn on September 24 at the city’s memorial circuit.
Huxley was suspended without pay, and IMPD President Randal Taylor recommended that Huxley be terminated for his actions. The IMPD Internal Affairs investigation is ongoing.
“To the citizen involved in this incident, my thoughts and prayers are,” Taylor said in a statement. “This interaction does not represent IMPD and the work our officers do every day to keep our community safe.”
CNN has reached out to the district attorney general, Huxley and Vaughn for comment, but there is no response yet.
What the body cam video shows
Huxley was one of three responding officers investigating a disorderly conduct incident at Monument Circle on September 24. Taylor said he does not expect the other two officers will face criminal charges, but they are on an administrative assignment pending the conclusion of the internal investigation.
Taylor played a video of the arrest during a press conference on Tuesday. Huxley was shown kicking Vaughn, a black man, in the head while he was on his back and handcuffed. Taylor said the video was “hard to watch.”
The video begins with a handcuffed iPhone being searched. Vaughn is heard telling the officer, “No one cares what you do anymore.” Vaughn and the arresting officer then got into a fight when the officer started pushing Vaughn back and told him to lean back.
Moments later, Vaughn was on the ground, on his back, and the arresting officer above him. Huxley is seen kicking Vaughn’s head and saying, “I’m done.”
Foley said Vaughn was arrested for disorderly conduct. Taylor said Vaughn was then taken to prison, and did not receive any medical treatment after the incident.
An affidavit of probable cause was submitted to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office on Friday, the statement said.
“Transparency is one of the things we have been striving for,” Taylor said, explaining why the IMPD decided to release the body camera footage. “We did it because we want to build the right relationship with the community that we need.”
The president said the department first learned about the incident due to an internal reporting process called BlueTeam, in which officers involved in use of force incidents explain what force was used and why.
Asked if race played a role in the incident, Taylor said, “There were no racist nicknames” during the incident.
“I’m going to be disgusting,” Taylor said. “I’d have trouble with that, but I understand, I understand what people are going to think.”