Indianapolis "Officer of the Year" Attacks Man in Under 16 Seconds of Conversation (YouTube)
Monday August 5th, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- A 60-year old businessman was attacked in the lobby of the JW Marriott hotel only 16 seconds after a police officer had interjected himself into a peaceful dispute regarding hotel services. It was all caught on video, evidence which contradicts the officer's story.
Brian Hudkins was disputing with hotel staff over the fact that unauthorized people had entered his hotel room. He was upset but not in any way aggressive. He even clasped his hands behind his back.
That's when "Officer of the Year" T. Michael Wilson and Brian Hudkins began interacting. Video shows that in only 16 seconds of talking to Hudkins, he inexplicably grabs him by the shoulders and tackles him violently to the ground. Hudkins had his hands behind his back during the entire body-slam maneuver.
Video footage from outside the hotel shows the officer taking Hudkins to the ground for a second time, again without any clear reason for using that level of force on a handcuffed man.
When asked if it looked like excessive force was used, Police Chief Rick Hite said, "It looks like force was used."
Hudkins suffered cuts and bruises, an injured shoulder, was denied medication, and has had his business and reputation suffer because of the incident. He has filed a lawsuit against IMPD.