LOS ANGELESâ€”A white police officer videotaped punching a black teenager during an arrest has been indicted for assault, his lawyer said Wednesday night.
Inglewood Officer Jeremy Morse will surrender Thursday morning to face a charge of assault under color of authority, said lawyer John Barnett. Morse’s partner, Officer Bijan Darvish, has also been indicted and will surrender on a charge of filing a false police report, Barnett said.
An amateur video cameraman taped Morse July 6 slamming 16-year-old Donovan Jackson onto the trunk of a squad car and then punching him in the head.
Morse said in a police report that Jackson was arrested after he struggled with officers, scratched Morse above his ear and grabbed the officer’s testicles after being handcuffed. Morse was in “extreme pain” and punched Jackson to make him let go, according to the report.
Morse added that his (Morse) actions were not because Jackson was black and that he would have done the same thing had Jackson been a “Spic or a Chink”.