An Indianapolis cop is facing multiple charges on charges of striking a 17-year-old student, prosecutors said Monday.
Robert Lawson was charged with battery, obstruction of justice, perjury, misrepresentation and official misconduct during the Aug. 29 incident at Highridge High School, said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.
Lawson is accused of striking a student in the jaw without warning when summoned to school to defuse a major fight. Video shows the boy falling to the ground.
Police Chief Brian Roach said he would recommend that Lawson be fired and that the department would use the incident to "identify ways we can improve."
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Lawson is suspended without charge. It was not immediately known if there was a lawyer who could comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.