A former Indianapolis-based police officer has been indicted on federal civil rights and obstruction charges.
Michael Kaim, 27, is accused of repeatedly hitting a man in the face while Kaim was employed by the Veterans Affairs Police Department in Indianapolis, according an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury on Wednesday.
The man is unidentified in court documents, and it’s unclear whether he was a patient.
The alleged attack happened in April 2017. Kaim had no legal reason to hit the man, the indictment says, and Kaim deprived the man of his right to be free from unreasonable seizure.
Furthermore, Kaim is accused of falsifying records in an effort to impede a federal investigation, the indictment says.
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In the falsified report, Kaim wrote that the man resisted efforts to be escorted from a building and that he began acting aggressively, according to court documents.
The indictment says that the man actually followed orders.
The case, unsealed Thursday by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, was investigated by the FBI.
If convicted, Kaim faces up to 10 years in prison on a civil rights charge and up to 20 years on an obstruction of justice charge.
When reached by phone, Kaim’s attorney, John Kautzman, said it’s premature to comment on the case.
IndyStar has requested comment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
This story will be updated.