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11/3/2018 6:27:00 PM
Elkhart cops to be charged after video shows them beating handcuffed man
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More stories by The Tribune and ProPublica about issues with Elkhart County's justice system are at southbendtribune.com/elkhartjustice.

Christian Sheckler, South Bend Tribune

Two Elkhart police officers who punched a handcuffed man in the face more than 10 times will face criminal charges — 11 months after the fact, and only after the South Bend Tribune requested video of the incident as part of an ongoing investigation with ProPublica.

(See video here.)

The two officers, Cory Newland and Joshua Titus, will be charged with misdemeanor counts of battery, the police department announced Friday. Both have been placed on administrative leave pending the case’s outcome, department spokesman Sgt. Travis Snider said. 

The department also released video of the beating after 5 p.m. Friday — more than three weeks after The Tribune requested a copy.

Five months ago the two officers were disciplined for this incident. But they received only reprimands rather than suspensions or possible termination.

Speaking to the city’s civilian oversight commission in June, Police Chief Ed Windbigler said the officers used “a little more force than needed” with a suspect in custody, and “just went a little overboard when they took him to the ground.” But Windbigler offered no other details, saying nothing of the two officers punching the man in the face.

The video was recorded in the police station’s detention area after the Jan. 12 arrest of Mario Guerrero Ledesma, who was 28 at the time. The footage shows Ledesma, in handcuffs, sitting in a chair while Newland, Titus and two other officers stand nearby. At one point, Ledesma prepares to spit at Newland, and the officer warns him not to.

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