A Louisville, Kentucky, police officer faces a federal charge after allegedly hitting a kneeling man from the head during an arrest in May 2020, court records reveal.
The arrest occurred in the middle of a wave of protests from the killings of both Breonna Taylor at Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis — both of whom were Black people killed by police officers this past year.
Louisville Metro Police Officer Cory Evans faces a count of deprivation of rights, in accordance with the charging document filed Wednesday from the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky.
A conviction on the charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and financial fines. The arrest occurred either on or about May 31, 2020, ” the record stated. Evans is alleged to have encountered the individual at the back of the head using a riot rod while the individual, kneeling with hands in the air, was surrendering for arrest, which caused bodily harm, according to the document. The individual was just identified in court records as”M.C.,” and no details have been given regarding their harms.
Daily Reuters has achieved to Evans’ lawyer for comment. CNN has also requested comment from the Louisville Metro Police Department.
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LMPD has had an openly stressed relationship with taxpayers since police shot and murdered Taylor in her flat in March 2020. An officer involved in the botched raid was fired and charged with threatening people in a nearby flat. He pleaded not guilty and faces trial in 2022. No other officer has been indicted at the shooting.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear known as in National Guard troops to give support and apply a nightly curfew through the May 2020 protests.
The town’s leadership is currently under investigation by an oversight panel of the Louisville Metro Council because of its behavior leading to the Taylor raid and its own answer to protests, also in April,” US Attorney General Merrick Garland declared a Justice Department investigation to the LMPD’s practices.