A white Indiana cop seen on bodycam video STOMPING on black man’s face while he was cuffed and on the ground faces criminal charges and potential termination
- Sgt. Eric Huxley, a white Indiana cop, is seen on bodycam video stomping on the face of Jermaine Vaughn, a black man, while he was cuffed
- Huxley was charged with two felonies and suspended without pay
- Chief Randal Taylor said he recommended Huxley be fired, which will be done following the conclusion of the internal investigation
- The two other officers are on administrative duties during the internal probe
- Federal prosecutors are looking into potentially charging Huxley with federal crimes
- Vaughn was charged with disorderly conduct but police didn’t say what he did
- Chief Taylor said, ‘This video is going to make you as upset as it did me … There’s no excuse for it’
A white Indiana cop, who was seen on bodycam videos stomping on 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 Indiana 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 with his pants coming 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 to be fired, and federal prosecutors said they’re considering charging Huxley with federal crimes.
As it stands now, 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,’ Chief 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 while determination on Huxley’s job status will be determined when it concludes.
The other two responding officers – Sgt. Christopher Kibbey and Officer Matthew Shores and 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.
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.
It’s unclear what Vaughn did prior to his arrest.
Officer Shores was seen on the bodycam video holding Vaughn’s belt and telling him to step back while he and Vaughn exchanged words.
The video started with Shores telling Vaughn, ‘No one cares what you do.’
Vaughn responded, ‘No one cares what you do either.’
Vaughn repeated the phrase a couple times until Shores told him to lean back.
‘How the f**k am I supposed to lean back when you’re f*****g holding my belt,’ Vaughn said.
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 lied on his back, Huxley came into frame and stomped on Vaughn’s face and said, ‘Stop. You’re done.’
‘Transparency is one of those things that we’ve been striving for,’ Chief Taylor said about why he released the bodycam footage.
‘We’ve done that because we want to build the correct relationship with the community that we need to have.’