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A Louisiana state cop caught on body-camera video beating a Black man with a flashlight was indicted Thursday on a federal civil rights charge.
Jacob Brown, 31, struck Aaron Bowman 18 times with a flashlight in 24 seconds during a May 2019 traffic stop. The flashlight was reinforced and designed for breaking glass.
Jacob Brown is pictured after his arrest in December 2020.
Bowman’s brutal arrest was covered up until he sued Louisiana State Police in December 2020. Brown wasshortly afterward on an assault charge, but the investigation was paused for the federal civil rights probe.
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“It tears me down when I talk about it,” Bowman, 46, said at the time. “It’s like I’m reliving that moment again, you know, and I still have sharp pains in my head from that.”
Aaron Bowman demonstrates how he tried to block blows from Brown during the beating in this Aug. 5, 2021, photo. (Rogelio V. Solis/)
Body-camera footage of the beating was finallyto the public last month. Brown’s attorneys had previously claimed that Bowman was resisting arrest and the flashlight beating was necessary, but the video showed no evidence of that.
Brown is formally charged with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, the Justice Department said in a. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
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In this May 13, 2019, image from Louisiana State Police Trooper Jacob Brown's body camera video, troopers hold down Aaron Bowman during a traffic stop. (Jacob Brown/)
Bowman’s beating is one of a number of cases involving Louisiana state troopers attacking Black men, including the death ofand the beating of .
“The [Justice Department] has previously acknowledged that it has open and ongoing criminal investigations into incidents involving the Louisiana State Police that resulted in death or bodily injury to arrestees,” read the press release. “Those investigations remain ongoing.”
Brown is no longer a state trooper, having resigned in March.
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