Body-camera footage shows former soldier, Jacob Brown, repeatedly beating a black man, Aaron Larry Bowman, with a torch during a traffic stop in 2019.
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a former Louisiana State Trooper on a federal civil rights violation that found he repeatedly struck a black man with a flashlight during a traffic stop as recorded by his body camera. added.
Jacob Brown, 31, a former soldier, was charged with denial of rights under the law of color, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana said in a news release. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
The indictment comes after body-camera footage surfaced last month that showed Mr Brown striking Aaron Larry Bowman about 18 times in the head and chest with a torch while Mr Bowman was stabbed to the ground after a traffic stop in May 2019. was pinned.
Mr Brown later told investigators that he had used a flashlight as a baton as part of “pain compliance”, according to an affidavit. Federal prosecutors described the torch as a metal tactical cap designed to break glass.
As a result of the beating, Mr Bowman suffered a broken jaw, three fractured ribs, a broken wrist and a wound on his head that required six staples to be closed, according to a lawyer, who was a previous civil rights activist. representing them in the case. Years Against the State Police in Louisiana.
Mr. Brown of Reville, LA, was arrested in February on charges of second-degree battery and office malfeasance in connection with the assault. He resigned a month later. He also faces criminal charges in two unrelated excessive force majeure cases.
Lawyers representing Mr Brown and Mr Bowman did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.
who was in the body-camera video Obtained and published by The Associated PressMr Bowman can be heard pleading with law enforcement officers in Monroe, LA. “I’m not protesting,” he shouts amid the blows. “I’m not protesting.” He was later taken to the hospital.
Mr Bowman, now 46, was charged with resisting a police officer by force or violence, battery of a police officer, flying over an officer, and improper lane use. He pleaded not guilty.
A crime report filed with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office said Mr Bowman had ignored the lights and sirens of a deputy who tried to pull over after the SUV Mr Bowman crossed the midline of the road. The deputy said Mr Bowman had hit him on the head with a clenched fist and fought with him after telling officers he was afraid to move and wanted to park the vehicle at his home in case he went to jail .
A spokesman for the Louisiana State Police said last month that an investigation had determined that Mr. Brown’s body-camera footage was “deliberately mislabeled.”
The AP, citing state police records, reported that Mr Brown, who is white, was involved in 23 instances involving the use of force since 2015 – 19 of them targeting black people.
Just weeks before the violent encounter with Mr Bowman, Louisiana State Police personnel assigned to Troop F in Monroe dragged, beaten and used a stun gun at another black man, Ronald Green. The encounter with Mr Green, who died on the way to the hospital, was also captured in body-camera footage.
State police initially told Mr Green’s relatives that he had died from injuries sustained in a car accident after a speeding chase, with no mention of force by soldiers.
Mr Brown is among four soldiers assigned to Troop F who were arrested earlier this year on charges that they used excessive force and disabled their body cameras during the arrests.
The U.S. Attorney’s office said Thursday that it is undergoing a criminal investigation into encounters involving Louisiana state soldiers that resulted in death or bodily injury.