An Indiana police officer has been charged after bodycam footage appears to show him stomping on a Black man’s head.
The footage appears to show that Sergeant Eric Huxley stomped on the head of a handcuffed homeless man, 39-year-old Jermaine Vaughn, during an arrest.
On 24 September, Mr. Vaughn was handcuffed and being forced to the ground when another officer’s body camera appeared to capture the moment when Sgt Huxley moved towards Mr. Vaughn and used his left foot to stomp on his head.
Huxley, 43, was charged with two felonies after the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released body camera footage this week. Huxley has spent 14 years on the police force and has now been charged with official misconduct and battery with moderate bodily injury.
Police Chief Randal Taylor said on Tuesday that Sgt Huxley’s actions were “outrageous” and “totally uncalled for”. The department has said that Sgt Huxley has been suspended without pay and that Chief Taylor will recommend that he be removed from the force.
The officer’s actions are also being investigated by federal authorities.
Watch the report below from WTHR 13 Indianapolis. WARNING: Graphic content.