A white Indiana cop, who was seen on bodycam videos stomping a black man’s face while he was handcuffed and on the ground, was charged with two felonies and suspended without pay.
The suspect – Jermaine Vaughn, 39 – was arrested for disorderly conduct on September 24.
While lying on his back and being searched, Sgt. Eric Huxley – a 14-year-veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department – stomps on Vaughn’s face and repeatedly says, ‘Stop. You’re done. You’re done.’
Vaughn appears to be in shock and his mouth bloodied. He was then rolled over onto his stomach and searched as his pants slid off. The video blurs his exposed backside.
Indiana Metropolitan Police Sgt. Eric Huxley is seen on bodycam footage stomping on Jermaine Vaughn’s face
Vaughn is seen in shock with a bloodied mouth after being stomped on
Vaughn was arrested for disorderly conduct, but it’s unknown what he did
IMPD Police Chief Randal Taylor said on Tuesday that he recommended Huxley be fired, and federal prosecutors said they’re considering charging Huxley with federal crimes.
Currently, Huxley is charged at the state level with felony battery and felony official misconduct, and has been suspended without pay.
‘Honestly, I’m here with a heavy heart,’ Taylor said, during a press conference on Tuesday before showing the bodycam footage.
‘This video is going to make you as upset as it did me,’ the 34-year veteran of the police force said. ‘There’s no excuse for it.’
The chief said an internal probe is ongoing, and Huxley’s job status will be determined when it concludes.
The other two responding officers – Sgt. Christopher Kibbey and officer Matthew Shores – have been placed on administrative duty until the end of the investigation.
IMPD Police Chief Randal Taylor – pictured here during Tuesday’s press conference – said, ‘This video is going to make you as upset as it did me … There’s no excuse for it’
Acting U.S. Attorney John Childress said his office is aware of the incident, and an FBI investigation has begun.
‘If the investigation reveals prosecutable violations of any federal criminal statutes, the Department will take appropriate action,’ Childress said in a statement.
On September 24, three officers responded to a disorderly conduct report on Monument Circle in Marion County, the largest county in center of Indiana that includes the city of Indianapolis.
It’s unclear what prompted the call.
Shores is seen on the bodycam video holding Vaughn’s belt and telling him to step back while they exchange words.
The video starts with Shores telling Vaughn, ‘No one cares what you do.’
Vaughn responds, ‘No one cares what you do either.’
Vaughn repeats the phrase a couple times until Shores tells him to lean back.
‘How the f**k am I supposed to lean back when you’re f*****g holding my belt,’ Vaughn says.
Shores proceed to push Vaughn and wrestle him to the ground while repeating, ‘We’re not going to do this, right?’
The incident began on September 24 when three officers responded to a disorderly conduct report on Monument Circle in Marion County – the largest county in center of Indiana that includes the city of Indianapolis. Officer Brian Shores is seen here wrestling Vaughn to the ground
While Vaughn is lying on his back, Huxley enters the frame, stomps on Vaughn’s face and says, ‘Stop. You’re done.’
Taylor said he released the bodycam footage because, ‘transparency is one of those things that we’ve been striving for’.
‘We’ve done that because we want to build the correct relationship with the community that we need to have.’