INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis police officer who punched a 17-year-old student has been charged with battery and other crimes.
The Marion County prosecutor on Monday announced the charges against Robert Lawson for an Aug. 29 incident at Shortridge High School. He’s charged with battery, obstruction of justice, perjury, false informing and official misconduct.READ MORE: Chicago Culture Celebrates The City While Giving Back To Youth For Black History Month
Lawson is accused of punching a student in the jaw without warning when called to the school to defuse a large fight. Video shows the boy falling to the ground. Lawson had claimed he was defending himself.READ MORE: Mother And 10-Year-Old Daughter Dead, 4 Family Members Hospitalized After House Fire In Auburn Gresham
Police Chief Bryan Roach says he’ll recommend that Lawson be fired. He says his department will use the incident to “identify ways we can improve.”
Lawson is suspended without pay. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer who could comment.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Warm But Wet Sunday Morning Ahead Of Cold Front
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