Former VA Police Officer Gets Prison for Patient's Rough Arrest

The Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center is seen Monday, June 9, 2014, in Indianapolis. An audit of VA hospitals and clinics nationwide has found that nearly 275 Indiana patients are still waiting for initial appointments at facilities in Indianapolis and northern Indiana 90 days or more after requesting them. (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)
The Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center is seen Monday, June 9, 2014, in Indianapolis. An audit of VA hospitals and clinics nationwide has found that nearly 275 Indiana patients are still waiting for initial appointments at facilities in Indianapolis and northern Indiana 90 days or more after requesting them. (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS  — A former Veterans Affairs police officer who authorities say repeatedly struck a patient outside a VA hospital in Indianapolis has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Michael Kaim was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to deprivation of civil rights. He also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

A grand jury indictment said that in April 2017 Kaim repeatedly hit the patient in the face, injuring him, as he was arresting the man outside Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The indictment alleged that Kaim, who was an officer at the Indianapolis hospital, had no legal reason to hit the man.

Kaim had said in an incident report that the man refused to comply with orders and acted aggressively toward him during the arrest.

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