A Louisville police officer violated federal law by hitting a kneeling protester in the back of the head with a riot baton during a protest in Breonna Taylor, prosecutors said.
Cory P. Evans, an officer with the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, was charged Wednesday with deprivation of rights under cover of law for his actions on May 31, 2020, according to court documents filed Wednesday in the West District District Court. American from Kentucky.
“Cory P. Evans, while acting under cover of the law, willfully deprived the arrested person MC of the right, guaranteed and protected by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, to be immune from seizure. abusive, which includes the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a law enforcement officer, ”according to court documents.
The court added that Evans “hit MC on the back of the head with a riot baton as MC was kneeling with his hands in the air, surrendering for arrest. The offense caused bodily harm. to MC “
Louisville Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. Evans’ attorney Brian Butler declined to comment.
Evans’ indictment is the first against a Louisville police officer since the city has seen a wave of protests dating back more than a year, according to NBC affiliate WAVE of Louisville. The May 31 protest was in response to Taylor’s death, the outlet reported.
Taylor, 26, was gunned down at her home on March 13, 2020, after Louisville police executed a restraining warrant at her residence. During the morning raid, Taylor was killed by police in a shootout. Officers opened fire after Taylor’s boyfriend, believing an intruder was trying to break in, fired a gun towards the door.
The botched raid targeted Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, a convicted drug dealer. This man, Jamarcus Glover, said Taylor was not involved in drug trafficking.
Evans, who was not part of the raid, has worked for the Louisville Police Department since 2014, according to WAVE.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Evans, who earns nearly $ 60,000 a year, has already faced complaints of excessive use of force. In 2018, he was accused of repeatedly hitting a motorist following a traffic stop, according to the newspaper. The driver pursued the town, Evans and two other officers. Evans was cleared by his then police chief for using excessive force and was not punished. However, he and the other officers remain defendants in the lawsuit, the Courier-Journal reported.