A former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper pleaded guilty Friday to using excessive force against a man he had arrested.
James Carson admitted to violating the man’s civil rights in the 2013 incident in Labette County, Kan.
The incident occurred at the Labette County Jail after Carson had lawfully arrested the man, according to court documents filed in federal court.
He was escorting the handcuffed man into the jail booking area when Carson kicked the man’s legs out from underneath him, causing him fall on his back onto the floor.
Carson admitted in court that he used the force against the man to punish him and not for a legitimate law enforcement purpose.
As part of the plea agreement, Carson will surrender his law enforcement credentials and never be employed in a law enforcement job.