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IMPD officer pleads guilty to using excessive force during 2021 arrest

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Posted at 8:11 AM, May 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-15 15:40:10-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A suspended IMPD officer accused of violating a man's civil rights during a September 2021 arrest pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday.

Eric Huxley faces federal and state charges related to an incident in which he kicked Jermaine Vaughn in the head and face "without lawful justification", causing bodily injury to that person,

Body camera footage shows Vaughn handcuffed and on the ground when Huxley "intentionally raised his right food and drove it down" onto Vaughn's head and face.

According to court documents, Huxley pleaded guilty on federal charges in acceptance of a reduced sentence. The plea however, does not protect Huxley from state charges.

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. Huxley faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Public records show he is due in state court on Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Huxley is suspended without pay pending a recommendation of termination to the IMPD Civilian Police Merit Board.