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2 Indiana Officers Charged In Beating Of Handcuffed Man

The front page of the south bend tribune

The South Bend Tribune published the investigative work. (Jennifer Weingart, WVPE)

Two Indiana police officers who repeatedly punched a handcuffed man have been charged with a civil rights crime.

Cory Newland and Joshua Titus of the Elkhart Police Department were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday. Police video shows them punching a man identified as M.L. after the man spat at Newland while sitting handcuffed in a chair in January 2018.

FBI agent Grant Mendenhall says his agency "won't tolerate the abuse of power" by police.

Newland and Titus were indicted on a charge of depriving M.L. of his rights through excessive force. They've been on leave since November and have pleaded not guilty to separate state charges . A message seeking comment was left with Elkhart police Friday.

Elkhart is in northern Indiana, 100 miles (161 kilometers) east of Chicago.

CORRECTION: A previous headline on this story said the handcuffed man died. It has been corrected.

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