Justice Dept. nets NW Indiana cop in beating, cover-up

CHICAGO Irving was off-duty when he arrested Eugene Jones outside a bar on September 11, 2005, according to federal authorities in Northwest Indiana. Surveillance video showed Irving hitting the handcuffed inmate in the police department's booking area. According to the guilty plea, the former officer said he intentionally lied in a police report because "in substantial part, to avoid a criminal investigation into [his] actions." Irving also admitted he had "altered the police report to fabricate or exaggerate wrongdoing on the part of the arrestee…and to omit or minimize the force I used against [the arrestee]."

Irving resigned from the Gary Police Department the day before the police board's monthly meeting where it was expected he would have been fired. He faces 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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