Columbus officer charged after allegedly punching handcuffed suspect

Columbus officer charged after allegedly punching handcuffed suspect
John Velten (Source: Columbus Police Department)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WAVE) – A Columbus police officer who allegedly punch a man who was handcuffed is now facing charges.

On June 16, 2020 Columbus Police Department officer John Velten, a 14-year veteran of the department, arrested a man after he broke up a fight on Indiana Avenue, according to Columbus police.

While the suspect was handcuffed in Velten’s vehicle, police said he began hitting his head on the interior of the car and Velten punched him with a closed fist. An investigation into Velten’s actions was started the next day.

The case was turned over to a special prosecutor and on Jan. 12, Velten was charged with battery and official misconduct. Velten turned himself in to detectives at the Bartholomew County Jail.

Velten has still been employed with the department in a non-law enforcement related capacity since the start of the investigation. No additional information about his employment has been released at this time.

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