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Indianapolis in cop accused of punching student in face criminal charges, prosecutors say

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An Indianapolis cop faces an array of criminal charges over accusations that he struck a 17-year-old college student, prosecutors announced Monday.

Robert Lawson, has been charged with battery, obstruction of justice, perjury, false information and official misconduct on Aug. 29 incident at Shortridge high School, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said.

Lawson is accused of punching one student in the jaw, and without warning, and when a call comes in to the school to defuse a major row. The Video shows the boy falling to the ground. Lawson claimed that he was defending himself.

Police chief Bryan Roach said that he will encourage Support to be made redundant, and that the department is using the incident to identify the ways in which we can improve.”

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In a statement released Monday, Indianapolis Public Schools, is supported in the charging decision, saying: “We will continue to work in partnership with the community to ensure that all of our children are in a safe and secure learning environment.”

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Lawson has been suspended without pay. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney who could comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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