Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sergeant Eric Huxley on trial on federal charges after bodycam footage showed him stomping on a black man’s face
An Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer faces federal charges after shocking bodycam footage showed him stomping on a suspect’s face while already handcuffed.
Sergeant Eric Huxley then walks forward and kicks Jermaine Vaughn, 38, in the face, despite the man already lying on the ground.
Sergeant Huxley appeared before a federal grand jury that returned an indictment and charged him with deprivation of rights under the law.
Huxley is already being sued locally for his actions during the arrest of Jermaine Vaughn, which took place in September 2021.
Jermaine Vaughn was kicked in the face by Sgt. Huxley despite already lying on the ground and handcuffed
Bodycam footage shows Vaughn lying on the ground before the incident takes place
Body camera footage of the incident shows Vaughn arguing with another officer before being forced to the ground. The officer said Vaughn did not cooperate. ‘The man is lying on his backside on the floor and looking up at Ofc. Shores with his hands cuffed behind his back. Sergeant Huxley then walks over to him, lifts his left leg and shoves his left foot in the face. Within seconds, there is blood in his mouth,” the affidavit said to Huxley.
‘You’re done. You’re done. You’re done,” you hear an officer say in the video.
He was then rolled on his stomach and searched as his pants slipped. The video blurs its exposed backside.
The kick to the head and the body-worn camera video it recorded are the reasons why Huxley, a 14-year veteran, is now facing discharge and felony charges for battery and official misconduct.
Sergeant Huxley used his foot to punch the man without legitimate justification, the Grand Jury indictment alleges.
Out of nowhere, the left foot of Sgt. Eric Huxley punches Jermaine Vaughn’s head
Vaughn’s head was slammed against the concrete in what appeared to be a brutal use of force
After Vaughn is kicked, he appears dazed on the ground, while another officer can hear him say, “You’re done” at least four times.
Vaughn is seen in shock with a bloody mouth after being pounded
It further states that the offense resulted in bodily harm and the use of a dangerous weapon.
During the takedown, you hear a cop say to Vaughn, “We’re not going to do this, are we?”
After Vaughn is kicked and appears to be on the ground dazed, another officer can hear him say, “You’re done” at least four times.
It took nearly two weeks for IMPD chief Randal Taylor to become aware of the incident discovered through IMPD’s standard Blue Team Use of Force reporting system.
Huxley can be heard on the body-worn camera video saying, “I accidentally kicked him in the face. I tried to put my foot on his shoulder and I accidentally kicked him in the face.’
Vaughn was powerless to defend himself against the officer’s use of force against him
The incident was also captured on bodycams carried by other police officers present
Huxley now faces dismissal along with battery and official misconduct charges.
Huxley was suspended unpaid during the local investigation.
“This incident was unnecessary and should never have happened. I would not tolerate this behavior from any member of the community; Sergeant Huxley is no exception. As law enforcement officers, we must understand that this behavior violates community trust. We are confident that the judiciary will bring justice to the man and his family,” said Chief Justice Taylor.
“Honestly, I’m here with a heavy heart,” Taylor said at a press conference last 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.”
Taylor said he released the bodycam footage because “transparency is one of those things we’ve been aiming for.”
“We did that because we want to build the right community relationship we need.”
A civilian-led merit commission will also help make the final decision about Huxley’s employment in the armed forces.
It took two weeks for IMPD chief Randal Taylor to become aware of the incident discovered through IMPD’s standard Blue Team Use of Force reporting system
The city, the police station and the police chief are also facing a separate federal lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that two of the officers who reported Huxley for his alleged actions faced retaliation.
Acting US Attorney John Childress said his office is aware of the incident and an FBI investigation has been launched.
“If the investigation reveals criminal violations of federal criminal laws, the Department will take appropriate action,” Childress said in a statement.
“The video in this incident speaks for itself,” Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears . said Fox 59 News. “I think in a case like this it’s very useful because it shows the events leading up to the meeting between the two individuals, and you can really see the events in real time as they progress.”
The other two responding officers – Sgt. Christopher Kibbey and Officer Matthew Shores – were given administrative duties until the end of the investigation.