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Feds charge LMPD officer for violation of constitutional rights, department files pre-termination

Officer Cory Evans is charged for an alleged incident where he struck a person in the back of the head with a riot stick while they were surrendering for arrest.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officer is facing a federal charge for an incident that took place during the first weekend of Justice for Breonna Taylor protests in May 2020. 

Federal Court documents show officer Cory Evans is charged with violating a person's constitutional rights. Prosecutors say on May 31, 2020, Evans allegedly struck an individual, surrendering for arrest, in the back of the head with a riot stick while the person was kneeling with their hands in the air.

The documents say the person was injured in the incident. 

It is unclear from the documents when and where the alleged incident took place.

Credit: LMPD

LMPD says Evans was served with pre-termination paperwork Thursday.

The department released a statement saying,

"The Chief’s office immediately referred these allegations to federal authorities when they came to light. Internal investigations were stayed in deference of the federal investigations, and Officer Evans was placed on administrative reassignment. The federal investigations resulted in Evans’ indictment yesterday. Officer Cory Evans was served with pre-termination paperwork today."

Evans' attorney, Brian Butler, said he cannot comment on the case at this time. WHAS11 has also reached out to LMPD for comment on the matter.

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