A white Indiana cop seen on bodycam video stomping on a black man’s face while handcuffed and lying on the ground faces criminal charges and could be fired
- Sergeant Eric Huxley, a white Indiana cop, can be seen on a bodycam video stomping on the face of black man Jermaine Vaughn while handcuffed
- Huxley was charged with two offenses and suspended without pay
- Chief Randal Taylor said he recommended firing Huxley, which will happen after the internal investigation is completed
- The other two officers have administrative duties during the internal investigation
- Federal Prosecutors Are Investigating Huxley Possibly Indicting Federal Crimes
- Vaughn was charged with disorderly conduct, but police didn’t say what he was doing
- Chief Taylor said: ‘This video is going to upset you as much as I do… There’s no excuse for it’
A white Indiana cop, who was seen on bodycam videos stomping on a black man’s face as he lay handcuffed on the ground, was charged with two felonies and suspended without pay.
The suspect – Jermaine Vaughn, 39 – was arrested on September 24 for disorderly conduct.
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 are done. You are ready.’
Vaughn appears to be in shock and his mouth bloodied. He was then rolled on his stomach and searched as his pants slipped. The video blurs its exposed backside.
Indiana Metropolitan Police Sgt. Eric Huxley can be seen in bodycam footage stomping on Jermaine Vaughn’s face
Vaughn is seen in shock with a bloody mouth after being pounded
Vaughn was arrested for disorderly conduct, but it is not known what he did
IMPD police chief Randal Taylor said Tuesday he had recommended that Huxley be fired, and federal prosecutors said they are considering indicting Huxley for federal crimes.
Currently, Huxley is being charged at the state level with felony battery and official misconduct, and has been suspended without payment.
“Honestly, I’m here with a heavy heart,” Taylor said at a press conference on Tuesday before showing the bodycam footage.
“This video will upset you as much as I do,” said the 34-year-old police veteran. “There’s no excuse for that.”
The chief said an internal investigation is underway and Huxley’s status will be determined when it is completed.
The other two responding officers – Sgt. Christopher Kibbey and Officer Matthew Shores – were given administrative duties until the end of the investigation.
IMPD Police Chief Randal Taylor – pictured here during Tuesday’s press conference – said: ‘This video is going to upset you as much as I do… There’s no excuse for it’
Acting US Attorney John Childress said his office is aware of the incident and an FBI investigation has begun.
“If the investigation uncovers criminal violations of federal criminal laws, the Department will take appropriate action,” Childress said in a statement.
On Sept. 24, three officers responded to a report of disorderly conduct about Monument Circle in Marion County, the largest county in central Indiana that includes the city of Indianapolis.
It is not clear what prompted the call.
Shores can be seen in the bodycam video holding Vaughn’s belt and telling him to step back as they exchange words.
The video opens with Shores telling Vaughn, “Nobody cares what you do.”
Vaughn replies, “No one cares what you do either.”
Vaughn repeats the sentence a few times until Shores tells him to sit back.
“How the fuck am I supposed to lean back when you’re holding my fucking belt,” Vaughn says.
Shores pushes Vaughn and wrestles him to the ground as he repeats, “We’re not going to do this, are we?”
The incident began on Sept. 24 when three officers responded to a report of disorderly conduct about Monument Circle in Marion County — the largest county in central Indiana that includes the city of Indianapolis. Officer Brian Shores is seen here wrestling Vaughn to the ground
While Vaughn is on his back, Huxley enters the frame, stomps on Vaughn’s face and says, “Stop. You are ready.’
Taylor said he released the bodycam footage because “transparency is one of those things we’ve been striving for.”
“We did that because we want to build the right community relationship that we need.”