Body Cam Video Captures Moment Cop Punches Handcuffed Man in Groin

A former assistant police chief’s five-day suspension for excessive force has been approved by the Police Merit Commission.

Sgt. Rob Hahn was suspended five days without pay and chose not to appeal that order, but new details about the incident that led to the suspension were released to the public Monday.

Body cam video released Monday by the Evansville Police Department showed Hahn shoving a handcuffed suspect and hitting him in the groin.

According to EPD spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum, “did a couple of things that violated (the department’s) use-of-force policy” after taking the man into custody inside a Fares Avenue motel room.

“At one point, (Hahn) pushed the individual’s head against the wall,” Cullum said. “Then he threw him down onto a bed, and as he walked by he punched the individual in the groin area.”

Hahn served as assistant chief under former police chief Brad Hill. He is back on duty as a patrol sergeant after being docked five days’ pay.

He reported hitting the suspect to his supervising lieutenant the day it happened, Cullum said.

“Obviously, he’s a supervisor, he’s expected to set an example for the folks that work for him,” Cullum said. “He recognized that day that he did not set the example we expect our supervisors to set.”

The encounter started when officers were serving an out-of-county warrant on a man in August at the Arrowhead Motel on North Fares Avenue. Hahn and three patrol officers arrived to arrest the suspect.

When the man did not open his door, the officers went inside the motel room and found him standing in the bathroom on the phone.

Body camera video shows the man was promptly handcuffed. He was not resisting arrest when Hahn shoved and later hit him.

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  • Steven Pridemore

    he should have his head stomped