The outcomes of an inner investigation led Marion County District Attorney to cost Sgt. Eric Huxley with official misconduct and battery with reasonable bodily damage in reference to the September 24 arrest of Jermaine Vaughn on the metropolis’s Monument Circle, IMPD Lt. Shane Foley mentioned throughout a information convention.
Huxley has been suspended with out pay, and IMPD Chief Randal Taylor has really useful Huxley be terminated for his actions. An IMPD Internal Affairs investigation is ongoing.
“To the citizen involved in this incident, my thoughts and prayers go out to you,” Taylor mentioned in a press release. “That interaction does not represent IMPD and the work our officers do each day to keep our community safe.”
CNN has reached out to the district legal professional, Huxley and Vaughn for remark however has not but heard again.
What the physique digital camera video exhibits
Huxley was one among three responding officers investigating a disorderly conduct incident on Monument Circle on September 24. Taylor mentioned he didn’t anticipate the opposite two officers would face prison fees, however they’re on administrative obligation pending the conclusion of the inner investigation.
Taylor performed video of the arrest throughout the Tuesday information convention. It confirmed Huxley kicking Vaughn, a Black man, within the head whereas he’s on his again and handcuffed. Taylor mentioned the video is “difficult to watch.”
The video begins with Vaughn handcuffed and being searched. Vaughn is heard telling the officer, “nobody cares what you do anymore.” Vaughn and the arresting officer then get in a scuffle when the officer started pushing Vaughn again and instructed him to lean again.
Moments later, Vaughn is on the bottom, on his again, with the arresting officer over him. Huxley is seen kicking Vaughn’s head and saying, “you’re done.”
Vaughn was arrested for disorderly conduct, Foley mentioned. Vaughn was then taken to jail, and didn’t obtain medical remedy following the incident, Taylor mentioned.
A possible trigger affidavit was introduced to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Friday, the discharge mentioned.
“Transparency is one of those things that we’ve been striving for,” Taylor mentioned, explaining why IMPD determined to launch the physique digital camera footage. “We’ve done that because we want to build the correct relationship with the community that we need to have.”
The chief mentioned the division first discovered of the incident attributable to an inner reporting course of referred to as BlueTeam, the place officers concerned in use-of-force incidents “explain what force was used and why.”
“No racial epithets” have been mentioned throughout the incident, Taylor mentioned when requested whether or not race performed a task within the incident.
“I would be disgusted,” Taylor mentioned. “I would have an issue with that, but I understand, I understand what people will think.”