Louisville Metro Police Officer Cory Evans faces one count of deprivation of rights, according to the charging document filed Wednesday by the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky.
A conviction on the charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and monetary fines.
The arrest happened either on or around May 31, 2020, the document said. Evans is alleged to have struck the person in the back of the head with a riot stick while the person, kneeling with hands in the air, was surrendering for arrest, which resulted in bodily injury, according to the document. The person was only identified in court documents as “M.C.,” and no details were given about their injuries.
CNN has reached out to Evans’ attorney for comment. CNN has also requested comment from the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear called in National Guard troops to provide support and enforce a nightly curfew during the May 2020 protests.