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Indianapolis police sergeant who kicked a man in the face sentenced to one year in prison

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Indianapolis police sergeant who kicked a man in the face sentenced to one year in prison

An Indianapolis police sergeant who stomped on a handcuffed man’s face during an arrest was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Eric Huxley, 45, pleaded guilty to a civil rights charge in May. The violent incident during a disorderly conduct arrest on September 24, 2021 was captured on a body-worn camera.

“In addition to the trauma inflicted on victims, police officers who break the law and use excessive force damage the community’s trust in the law enforcement profession,” Zachary Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, said in a statement Explanation.

Police bodycam video from a violent arrest on September 24, 2021 appears to show an officer, Sgt.  Eric Huxley stomps Jermaine Vaughn in the face.  (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

Police bodycam video from a violent arrest on September 24, 2021 appears to show an officer, Sgt. Eric Huxley stomps Jermaine Vaughn in the face. (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

Huxley raised his foot and placed it on the face of Jermaine Vaughn, who was already handcuffed and being restrained by another police officer, prosecutors said and video footage showed.

Body-worn camera video shows Vaughn was lying on his back, face up, when he was kicked in the face.

Huxley was charged in October with criminal deprivation of rights, a violation of civil rights.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday evening.

“Eric deeply regrets this incident and apologizes not only to the victim, but also to law enforcement and the greater Indianapolis area,” his attorney, John Kautzman, wrote in a Sept. 1 sentencing memorandum.

Huxley was suspended without pay and was recommended for termination before the Civilian Police Merit Board, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.

The recommendation remains pending before the board and a decision will be made after the criminal case is completed, the department, known as IMPD, said. There is also a state case against him.

Police Chief Randal Taylor said in 2021 that he was shocked and angered by the incident and that what happened “does not reflect IMPD and the work our officers do every day to keep our community safe.”

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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