The results of an internal investigation led the Marion County District Attorney to charge Sgt. Eric Huxley with official misconduct and battery with moderate bodily injury in connection with the arrest of Jermaine Vaughn on Sept. 24 at the city’s Monument Circle, IMPD Lt. Shane Foley at a news conference.
Huxley was suspended without pay, and IMPD Chief Randal Taylor recommended that Huxley be terminated for his actions. An investigation into the Internal IMPD is ongoing.
“To the citizens involved in this incident, my thoughts and prayers go out to you,” Taylor said in a statement. “That engagement does not represent the IMPD and the work our officers do every day to keep our community safe.”
CNN reached out to the district attorney, Huxley and Vaughn for comment but has not yet been heard.
What the body camera video shows
Huxley was one of three responding officers investigating a non-violent incident at Monument Circle on Sept. 24. Taylor said he did not expect the other two officers to face criminal charges, but was on duty. they are on duty while awaiting the conclusion of the internal investigation.
Taylor played a video of the arrest at the meeting on Tuesday. It shows Huxley kicking Vaughn, a Black man, in the head while he is on his back and handcuffed. Taylor said the video was “hard to watch.”
The video begins with Vaughn being handcuffed and searched. Heard Vaughn say to the officer, “nobody cares what you’re doing anymore.” Vaughn and the arresting officer got into a commotion when the officer started pushing Vaughn and told him to lean over.
Moments later, Vaughn was on the ground, behind him, with the arrested officer with him. Huxley is seen kicking Vaughn’s head and saying, “you’re done.”
Vaughn was arrested for misconduct, Foley said. Vaughn was then taken to jail, and did not receive medical treatment following the incident, Taylor said.
A probable cause affidavit was presented to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Friday, the release said.
“Transparency is one of the things we’re working on,” Taylor said, explaining why the IMPD decided to release the body camera footage. “We did that because we wanted to build the right community relationships that we needed to have.”
The chief said the department first became aware of the incident because of an internal reporting process called BlueTeam, where officers involved in incidents of use of force “explain what force was used and why. ”
“There were no racial profiling” was said at the time of the incident, Taylor said when asked if race played a role in the incident.
“I’m disgusted,” Taylor said. “I’m going to have an issue there, but I understand, I understand what people will think.”