Another incident of police brutality has been recorded on a dash cam. Footage released by the Lafayette, Indiana, PD on Wednesday shows an incident in October that lead to one man’s arrest and another officer’s suspension.
On October 1, 2013, the police were called to Excel School, responding to reports of a man who’d brought a handgun in his backpack. The man, Nicholas Kincade, is paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair; later reports would confirm that while he didn’t have a gun, he he did have a pocket knife. According to Action7 news:
At the request of school administrators, police issued Kincade a warning for trespassing, and then he was free to go, police said.
As the video shows, Kincade rolled his wheelchair forward, running over the foot of Lt. Tom Davidson, who then pushed Kincade.
The wheelchair tipped over, spilling Kincade on the ground. Kincade was then arrested on a charge of battery on a police officer.
Davidson was put on administrative leave during an internal investigation of the incident.
The investigation determined Davidson violated the department’s rules regarding “unbecoming conduct” and “response to resistance,” and Davidson was recommended for termination, police said.
The results of the investigation were passed on to the Lafayette Police Civil Service Commission, which is made up of five Lafayette citizens who vote on decisions about LPD hiring, promotions and discipline.
The commission declined to terminate Davidson, despite agreeing that he’d violated the department’s unbecoming conduct rule. For punishment, Davidson would lose his rank and serve a 30-day unpaid suspension, as well as one year probation.
On Monday, the Tippecanoe County prosecutor decided that the county would not file charges against either of the men.
You can watch the dash cam footage below, be warned that some of the language is not safe for work.
source: Action7 News
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