Former Louisville police officer pleads guilty to hitting a person in the head during an arrest in May 2020

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By Brian Rokus and Christina Carrega, CNN

A erstwhile Louisville, Kentucky, constabulary serviceman has pleaded blameworthy to hitting a kneeling idiosyncratic successful the caput who was surrendering during an apprehension successful May past year, according to a connection from the Department of Justice.

Cory Evans, 33, appeared successful tribunal and pleaded blameworthy Wednesday successful the incident, which happened portion helium was an serviceman with the Louisville Metro Police Department connected work during protests pursuing the constabulary killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

On May 31, 2020, Evans was connected patrol for violations of curfew and unlawful assembly, according to the DOJ statement.

As 1 antheral surrendered for apprehension by getting connected his knees and placing his hands successful the air, Evans “struck the unfortunate successful the backmost of the caput with a riot stick,” according to the statement. The victim, who suffered a caput wound, past fell guardant and was taken into custody by different officers.

Evans faced 1 number of deprivation of rights erstwhile charged successful June of this year. He was aboriginal served with pre-termination paperwork and is nary longer with the department.

Evans is scheduled to beryllium sentenced connected November 23 and faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, according to the statement.

“While the immense bulk of instrumentality enforcement officers are hardworking professionals who enactment conscientiously to support the public, Cory Evans was simply not 1 of those officers,” said Acting Special Agent successful Charge Edward J. Gray of the FBI’s Louisville Field Office.

“Every national has the close to expect instrumentality enforcement officers to enactment successful accordance with the laws they person sworn to uphold. We entrust instrumentality enforcement officers with large powerfulness and authority, which we, arsenic a community, expect them to wield with the utmost integrity. This lawsuit provides different illustration that abusing that powerfulness and authorization volition not beryllium tolerated successful Louisville,” Gray said.

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CNN’s Rebekah Riess, Aya Elamroussi and Travis Caldwell contributed to this report.

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