INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indianapolis Metro Police officers are suing the department accusing them of retaliation for reporting the misconduct of another cop.
Matthew Shores and Christopher Bibbey claim IMPD improperly retaliated against them for reporting an incident on Sept. 24th during which they say Sgt. Eric Huxley used unnecessary force on a homeless man.
Body camera footage appears to show Huxley stomping on the man while he was handcuffed and on the ground during an incident with officers on Monument Circle. Huxley is currently suspended for the incident and the civilian police merit board has not yet ruled on his recommendation by Chief Randal Taylor to be fired.
Huxley was charged last October with official misconduct, and battery resulting in moderate bodily injury as well.
The two officers say the department forced them to turn in their current police vehicles and were instead given “old vehicles that were not in good working order.” They also say they were denied overtime when requested and that they were treated with disdain by the department afterward.
They are suing the department, the city government, and IMPD’s chief for retaliation in violation of the Civil Rights Act and Indiana state law, fostering a hostile work environment, negligent supervision, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages.
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