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KSP Investigating Trooper for Striking Man in Handcuffs

A Kentucky State Police trooper is back on patrol in the Owensboro region after striking a handcuffed man with his foot. 

The June 24 incident was caught on surveillance cameras at the Daviess County Detention Center. 

The video shows the arrestee, Nazarine Ingram, kicking a door, cursing at the trooper, and refusing to sit down.  His public defender told the Messenger-Inquirer that Ingram was upset because the trooper wouldn’t loosen his handcuffs.  Ingram was being booked for an alleged parole violation.  Trooper Joshua Turner is seen taking his foot and pushing Ingram in the chest, forcing him to take a seat.  KSP Spokesman Corey King says the agency handled the matter, but couldn't say exactly how. 

"The trooper was counseled by a supervisor and an internal affairs investigation has been initiated," King told WKU Public Radio.

King added that Trooper Turner remains on his patrol job. 

Ingram has had run-ins with the law before in Daviess County.  Records show he pleaded guilty to burglary in 2013 stemming from a case where he was charged with breaking into a home and raping a teenage girl.  The rape charge was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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