COURT DOCS: Man battered by former officer identified

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Court documents obtained by Fort Wayne’s NBC identify the man who was battered by a now former officer in late March.

Fort Wayne’s NBC previously reported that former Fort Wayne Police Officer Charles Smith, 28, was conducting a DUI arrest on a man on March 23, 2019, when he battered the man after for not cooperating with him. He was charged with battery, and entered a guilty plea and avoided jail time.

Newly obtained court documents have identified the victim as Jason Chambers.

The documents say Officer Smith attempted to have Chambers complete a breath test, but he refused, causing Smith to get a search warrant to draw his blood.

Police say Chambers also refused to have his blood drawn, so Smith went to place him in handcuffs but Chambers allegedly pulled away.

Court documents say Smith struck the man three times in the head and face area with his right hand while he was still holding the handcuffs. The blows left a visible cut and swelling to the man’s forehead.

Smith was sentenced to a suspension of 365 days, and was ordered to pay a fine of $25. He resigned from the Fort Wayne Police Department on Wednesday, according to FWPD Public Information Officer Sofia Rosales-Scatena.

Jazlynn Bebout

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