Two Elkhart officers charged with federal civil rights offense

(Photo supplied/Elkhart Police Department)

The US Department of Justice says a federal grand jury has indicted two Elkhart Police Department officers for using excessive force against an arrestee.

35-year-old Cory Newland and 30-year-old Joshua Titus are accused of bringing a suspect, identified in the indictment as “M.L.”, into a chair in the booking area with his hands cuffed behind his back. The officers then allegedly hit him in the face repeatedly, causing him to fall backward onto the floor, and then allegedly kept hitting him.

US Attorney Thomas Kirsch says his office is taking the allegations seriously and says the FBI won’t tolerate the “abuse of power” by anyone in law enforcement.

Each faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 if convicted.