School resource officer arrested after allegedly beating two 13-year-old boys

School resource officer arrested after allegedly beating two 13-year-old boys

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro police officer assigned to a school faces felony charges in one of two cases against him in which he's charged with assault.

Jonathan Hardin is accused of abusing two 13-year-old boys at North Olmsted Academy.

In the first case, on Jan. 22, one boy said Hardin hit him with a closed fist, injuring his face, because the officer thought the boy cut the line in the cafeteria. That's a misdemeanor assault case.

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Then, five days later, another student lost consciousness from the choke hold Hardin allegedly put him in.

A doctor treating the second alleged victim on Monday concluded the officer showed extreme indifference to the value of human life.

That case brought felony assault charges against Hardin.

JCPS officials said he was removed as that school's resource officer on Monday.

Hardin was arrested Tuesday and suspended without pay.

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