A police officer has been charged with battery for kicking a teenager during a videotaped arrest at the city’s Black Expo Summer Celebration, prosecutors said.
A police department video shows Officer Adam Chappell kicking a 17-year-old boy while other officers held him down in a downtown parking lot on July 21, authorities said.
“There were numerous officers involved, and this video clearly shows that one of the officers, Officer Chappell, struck the defendant once in the head area while he was already being subdued, and the video shows him again walking back to that suspect and kicking him in the head,” Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Tuesday.
Chappell, a four-year veteran of the force, wrote in his arrest report that the teen kicked two other police officers during a struggle.
“I then delivered an angle kick to his left shoulder to attempt to gain control over him” and inadvertently hit the youth in the nose, Chappell wrote.
The teenager was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, public intoxication, battery and illegal possession of alcohol, and was taken to a hospital for treatment of facial injuries, police said.
Aaron Sullivan, president of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police lodge, said he believed there was no criminal intent in Chappell’s actions.
Chappell was arrested Monday night on the misdemeanor charge and released on $7,500 bond. He could not immediately be located for comment, and no home telephone number was listed in his name.
Police Chief Michael Spears said the officer had no previous disciplinary actions and would be assigned to administrative duties until a department review was completed.