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South Bend Officer Implicated In Beating

Last updated on Friday, April 10, 2009

(SOUTH BEND) - An internal police investigation alleges that a South Bend police officer should be suspended from the force after he repeatedly hit a man as he lay unresisting in the street.

Corporal Jason King has been accused of conduct unbecoming an officer and allegations that he falsified a police report in an effort to cover up the incident.

According to a letter outlining the allegations, written by Police Chief Darryl Boykins, King is accused of attacking Skee Katlun after a high-speed car chase on the city's southwest side in February. In King's police report, he writes that Katlun left the car and took a defensive stance, forcing King to hit him.

A video recorded at the scene from a police cruiser, however, allegedly shows Katlun dropping face down on the ground, with his arms and legs spread. Boykins' letter, written after an internal investigation, said King began to repeatedly hit Katlun, using his right fist to deliver blows to Katlun's head and back.

The police report states that Katlun struggled with officers and attempted to kick them. But Boykins said the video shows that Katlun, now handcuffed and held by Patrolman David Klein and Sergeant Joseph Leszczynski, showed no signs of aggression.

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