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IMPD officer indicted for excessive force in 2021 Monument Circle incident

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A federal grand jury indicted Indianapolis police officer Sgt. Eric Huxley for violating the civil rights of a Black man during an arrest on Monument Circle in September 2021.

Huxley, 44, is charged with one count of deprivation of rights.

Body camera footage shows an officer take the man, identified as Jermaine Vaughn, to the ground in handcuffs. Huxley then walked up to Vaughn, who was leaned forward on his back, and stomped once on his head.

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Huxley is a 15-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He remains suspended without pay pending a recommendation of termination to the IMPD Civilian Police Merit Board. The board only reviews an officer’s status once the criminal process is complete.

“This incident was unnecessary and should have never occurred,” IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said in a statement after the indictment was announced. “I would not tolerate this behavior from any community member; Sergeant Huxley is no exception. As law enforcement officers, we must understand that this behavior violates the community’s trust. We have confidence the judicial system will bring justice to Mr. Vaughn and his family.”

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