A Dept. of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service officer has been indicted for kicking a handcuffed man in the head during an arrest that was caught on video.
According to a news release by the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, Jason Rouswell was charged on Thursday with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.
The charge stems from Rouswell’s actions during an October 20, 2016 incident in which he and another officer handcuffed a man outside the Social Security Administration building in Pomona, California.
Video of the arrest showed Rouswell kick the man, identified in court documents as C.S., while he was was lying face down in the street with his hands cuffed behind his back.
C.S. appeared to be cooperating with officers’ commands during the arrest. He was not seen on the footage resisting in any way.
The video showed Rouswell unnecessarily kick C.S. in the face as he took a stride in front of his subdued body.
After video of the arrest surfaced, an investigation was launched by the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the FBI. The probe culminated with Thursday’s indictment.
Rouswell is accused of willfully depriving C.S. of the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by one acting under the color of law.
According to the indictment, C.S. suffered bodily injury as a result of the kick. It is not clear however, what injuries he sustained.
Rouswell is expected to surrender to federal authorities on July 5 for the charge. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.
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