Police Sergeant Charged After Video Shows Him Kicking Handcuffed Man's Head

A federal investigation has been opened after body camera footage captured Sgt. Eric Huxley stomping on Jermaine Vaughn's face.

A federal investigation has been opened after a police sergeant was filmed stomping on the head of an Indianapolis man while he was lying handcuffed on the ground.

The U.S. Attorney鈥檚 Office in the Southern District of Indiana announced Wednesday that it is looking into the Sept. 24 incident, which led to criminal charges being filed this week against Indianapolis Police Sgt. Eric Huxley.

鈥淥ur office and the FBI have opened an investigation, and if the investigation reveals prosecutable violations of any federal criminal statutes, the Department will take appropriate action,鈥 Acting U.S. Attorney John Childress said in a statement.

Police body camera footage shows Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Eric Huxley walking up to Jermaine Vaughn and stomping on his head during a Sept. 24 arrest.
Police body camera footage shows Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Eric Huxley walking up to Jermaine Vaughn and stomping on his head during a Sept. 24 arrest.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Body camera footage shows Huxley stomping on Jermaine Vaughn鈥檚 head during a disorderly conduct arrest in downtown Indianapolis. Huxley was charged Tuesday with official misconduct and battery with moderate bodily injury. Both are felonies.

鈥淚鈥檓 upset,鈥 Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor said at a press conference Tuesday before sharing the body camera footage. 鈥淚t hurts me to see any of our officers treat someone the way that you鈥檙e going to see shortly. There鈥檚 no excuse for it.鈥

Taylor said he has recommended Huxley be terminated from the police force. In the meantime, Huxley has been suspended without pay pending recommendation of termination from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department鈥檚 civilian policy merit board.

Vaughn, who is Black, was confronted by officers at Monument Circle after being accused of 鈥渂eing loud and disorderly,鈥 according to a probable cause affidavit in the charges filed against Huxley, which was obtained by The Indianapolis Star.

Graphic video below (the body camera footage starts at 6:26):

Police said Vaughn refused to quiet down, so they placed him in handcuffs. Once his hands were restrained, an officer attempted a leg sweep on Vaughn. Body camera footage shows an officer then shoving Vaughn on the circle鈥檚 steps while instructing him to lean back. A scuffle ensues and Vaughn is taken to the ground.

鈥淲e鈥檙e not going to do this,鈥 the officer tells Vaughn, who appears to look up at him from the ground. In the next moment, another officer, apparently Huxley, walks up and slams his foot down on Vaughn鈥檚 head.

鈥淪top,鈥 the officer says. 鈥淵ou鈥檙e done. You鈥檙e done. You鈥檙e done.鈥

According to the affidavit, Huxley later claimed he kicked Vaughn 鈥渁ccidentally.鈥

鈥淚 accidentally kicked him in his face. I was attempting to put my foot on his shoulder, and I accidentally kicked him in his face,鈥 Huxley is quoted as saying in the affidavit, which cited body camera footage that has not been released by police.

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