A former Iowa police officer was sentenced to 63 months in prison Monday for using excessive force during a traffic stop.
Colin Boone was convicted of kicking an epileptic man in the head while three other officers held the man down. The attack resulted in Orville Hill, 39, losing two teeth and suffering a broken nose, and it has since provoked his epileptic fits to become more severe.
Boone's fellow officers were the ones to originally report his actions.
“The court agrees with the government that the offense damages the reputation of police officers generally, and specifically the Des Moines Police Department, and impugns the credibility and work of the hundreds of upstanding officers who serve with the department,” District Court Judge Robert Pratt stated in his ruling, according to Inquisitr.
The prosecution responded positively to the sentence, describing Boone’s actions as a “breach of trust.”
“This case wasn’t just about an act of violence … this is a serious sentence that we think reflects the seriousness of that breach,” commented Nicholas Klinefeldt, a federal prosecutor.
Boone’s lawyer sought to persuade the court to give him probation rather than a prison term, arguing that he was being punished for a brief error in judgment in a 14-year career.
“It is not uncommon in the criminal justice system for a few seconds of poor judgment in an otherwise productive and mostly law-abiding life to carry severe consequences,” Judge Pratt stated. “Orville Hill will live with the consequences of the defendant’s actions for the rest of his life.”
The ruling comes as reports continue to emerge across the country illustrating the broader problem of police brutality and the use of excessive force.
Earlier this month, a physical attack on African-American teenagers by an officer at a Texas pool party made national headlines, The Guardian reported. In a video recording of the incident, the officer can be seen throwing a black 14-year-old girl on the ground and later brandishing his gun in front of a group of teenage boys. The officer in question resigned after the local police chief called his actions "indefensible."
Then on Friday, Los Angeles police officers shot a man in the head after he flagged them down, apparently to ask for help. The victim, a white male reportedly in his thirties, was said to be recovering in hospital Saturday, according to Inquisitr.