The results of the internal investigation led the Marion County District Attorney to prosecute the sergeant. IMPD Lt. Shane Foley said at a press conference that Eric Huxley caused moderate bodily injuries due to official misconduct and assault, which was related to the arrest of Jermaine Vaughan in the city’s monument circle on September 24.
Huxley has been suspended without pay, and the head of IMPD, Randal Taylor (Randal Taylor), recommended that Huxley’s actions be terminated. IMPD’s internal affairs investigation is ongoing.
Taylor said in a statement: “I extend my condolences and prayers to the citizens involved in this incident.” “This kind of interaction does not represent the daily work done by IMPD and our officials to ensure the safety of the community.”
CNN has contacted District Attorneys Huxley and Vaughan for comments, but has not received a response.
What the body camera video shows
Huxley was one of three responders who investigated an incident of disorderly conduct in the monument circle on September 24. Taylor said that he does not expect the other two personnel to face criminal charges, but they are performing administrative duties awaiting the end of the internal investigation.
Taylor played a video of the arrest at a press conference on Tuesday. It shows Huxley kicking the black Vaughan on the head with handcuffs on his back. Taylor said that the video was “ugly.”
The video begins with Vaughan being handcuffed and searched. Vaughn can be heard telling the officer, “No one cares what you are doing.” When the officer started to push Vaughn and told him to lean back, Vaughn had a scuffle with the officer who arrested him.
After a while, Vaughan fell to the ground, carrying him on his back, and arrested his police officer. Huxley kicked Vaughn on the head and said, “You’re done.”
Foley said Vaughan was arrested for misconduct. Taylor said that Vaughan was subsequently sent to prison and received no treatment after the incident.
The press release stated that a probable affidavit was submitted to the Marion County Attorney’s Office on Friday.
“Transparency is one of the things we have been working on,” Taylor said, explaining why IMPD decided to release body camera lenses. “We do this because we want to build the right relationship with the communities we need.”
The person in charge stated that the department first learned of the incident through an internal reporting procedure called BlueTeam, and officials involved in the use of force “explained what force was used and why.”
When asked whether race played a role in the incident, Taylor said in the incident that there was “no race nickname”.
“I would be disgusted,” Taylor said. “I will have an opinion on this, but I understand, I understand what people will think.”