*Hat Tip: Kevin D.
An Indianapolis cop beat his wife up so savagely, her eye was “coming out of its socket,” disturbing court records show.
Jason D. Norman, 41, was charged Friday with counts including felony domestic battery and criminal confinement after allegedly abusing his wife on several occasions, Hamilton County prosecutors said in court records cited by the Indianapolis Star.
Norman’s wife, who lost her right eye in February, couldn’t recall details from the day of the injury but told investigators of the bruises on her legs and the broken nose she sustained during previous beatings, court documents show.
A probable cause affidavit does not indicate what happened on Feb. 25 when Norman — a 14-year department vet — called cops from his Sheridan home to report that his wife had fallen from a bathtub, the newspaper reports.
Norman, who was not charged with causing the injury to his wife’s eye, told dispatchers her eye was “coming out of its socket,” the affidavit shows.
She later had surgery at a hospital but told cops a week later she couldn’t remember “salient details” from the incident.
However, she did recall two years of prior beatings by her husband, including one assault last summer when Norman allegedly kicked in a bathroom door, hitting her face and breaking her nose, she told investigators.
At another point, the woman said she tried to leave her home to give Norman time to “cool off,” but he blocked the garage with his department-issued squad car, court records show.
Then, in August, Norman grabbed his wife’s legs and pulled her off the couch as he watched a “political show,” thinking she had said something, she told investigators.
“[Norman’s wife] likened the way Jason David Norman pulled her off the couch to the way you would pull-start a lawnmower,” the affidavit reads.
“Just walk it off, it’s gonna be fine,” Norman told his wife afterward, according to court records. “You’re going to be fine.”
Indianapolis Police Chief Randal Taylor has recommended Norman, who has been placed on unpaid leave, be terminated, WTHR reports.
“No chief wants to be faced with the prospect of arresting their own officer, but law enforcement has a responsibility to do what is right and a sworn duty to protect our community,” Taylor’s statement read.