Former KHP trooper sentenced for using excessive force - KCTV5 News

Former KHP trooper sentenced for using excessive force

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Former Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper James Carson was sentenced today to nine months in prison for violating someone’s civil rights by using excessive force.

Carson pleaded guilty to one count of violating civil rights in his capacity as a law enforcement officer.

In his plea, he admitted he used unreasonable force against a man he arrested, referred to as “R.T.”

Carson conducted a lawful arrest and then transported R.T. to the Labette County Jail, where at least five other law enforcement officials were present.

As Carson took R.T. out of the patrol vehicle and took him to the booking area, R.T.’s hands were cuffed behind his back.

Without warning, Carson kicked the legs out from under R.T., causing him to crash down on his back onto the floor. 

Carson admitted in court that he used force against R.T. for the purpose of punishment and not for a legitimate law enforcement purpose.

As part of the plea agreement, Carson agreed to surrender his law enforcement credentials and never again accept any employment related to law enforcement.

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