Feds indict Pa. state trooper for allegedly kicking handcuffed man

Philadelphia federal courthouse
Trooper Kelly Cruz faces federal charges of civil rights deprivation.
Credit: Jeffrey M. Vinocur/Wikipedia

Federal authorities on Monday unsealed an indictment charging Pennsylvania State Trooper Kelly Cruz, 43, with one count of civil rights deprivation after he allegedly kicked a handcuffed suspect in the head four years ago during a raid in Exton.

Officials allege Cruz was working as a trooper Aug. 9, 2009, when he kicked the man – identified only as Z.B. in court documents – in the back of the head as he was lying face down on the floor in handcuffs.

As a result of the blow Z.B. required surgery to repair his teeth and gums, the indictment states.

The alleged assault occurred as Cruz was carrying out a raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab inside Z.B.’s home, according to a report from The Delaware County Times.

The paper reports the man was never charged with any crime as a result of the bust.

If convicted, Cruz faces up to 10 years in prison.


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