Louisville officer charged with allegedly hitting a person in the head who was surrendering for arrest
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
Compression ratio: 58.8%. 1 min read.
A louisville Metro Police cruiser sits outside the Second District station in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, April 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
A Louisville, Kentucky, police officer faces a federal charge after allegedly hitting a kneeling person in the head during an arrest in May 2020, court documents show.
(CNN) A Louisville, Kentucky, police officer faces a federal charge after allegedly hitting a kneeling person in the head during an arrest in May 2020, court documents show.
The arrest happened in the midst of a wave of protests against the killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis -- both of whom were Black people killed by police officers last year.
Louisville Metro Police Officer Cory Evans faces one count of deprivation of rights, according to the charging document filed Wednesday by the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky.
Evans is alleged to have struck the person in the back of the head with a riot stick while the person, kneeling with hands in the air, was surrendering for arrest, which resulted in bodily injury, according to the document.
CNN has also requested comment from the Louisville Metro Police Department.
The city's leadership is now under investigation by an oversight panel of the Louisville Metro Council for its conduct leading up to the Taylor raid and its response to protests, and in April, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a Justice Department investigation into the LMPD's practices.