A police officer in Evansville, Indiana, has been given a five-day suspension without pay after body camera footage showed him punching a handcuffed suspect in the crotch.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports that Evansville Police Department Sgt. Rob Hahn was given his suspension shortly before the department publicly released body camera footage showing him hitting a suspect who had already been handcuffed and thrown onto the top of a bed.
The video shows Evansville officers entering into a motel room to serve a warrant against the suspect, who is not publicly identified.
After handcuffing the suspect, Hahn can be seen pushing his head against the hotel wall. He then shoves him onto a nearby bed, and then punches him in the groin as he walks past him.
Evansville Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum said that Hahn accepted the punishment and acknowledged that he erred in punching a handcuffed man in the crotch.
“Obviously, he’s a supervisor, he’s expected to set an example for the folks that work for him,” Cullum said. “He recognized that day that he did not set the example we expect our supervisors to set.”
Watch the full body camera video below.
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