August 20, 2020

Lawyer For IMPD Officers Says Indictments Fueled By 'Misguided Motivation To Criminalize Legitimate Police Action'

FILE PHOTO: Doug Jaggers/WFYI

FILE PHOTO: Doug Jaggers/WFYI

A press conference was held Thursday by the attorney of two IMPD officers who were indicted last week after an investigation of a use-of-force incident that occurred on May 31.

The two officers appeared in court virtually Thursday.

Officer Jonathan Horlock was indicted for felony battery, felony perjury, felony misconduct, and felony obstruction of justice. Officer Nathaniel Schauwecker was indicted on charges including felony battery and felony misconduct.

The indictments comes after a video of the incident went viral and the two women arrested by the officers filed a lawsuit against them.

Attorney John F. Kautzman says the indictments against the officers are fueled by “misguided motivation to criminalize legitimate police action.”

“Make no mistake,” Kautzman said, “It is law and order that is being prosecuted today, while those who brought destruction and violence upon our city are walking free.”

As of now, a trial date for the officers has been set to Nov. 16.

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