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Robert Hammac, 45, a former officer of the Lake Charles Police Department, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge James D. Cain Jr. for using excessive force against an arrestee, announced U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph for the Western District of Louisiana, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and FBI’s New Orleans Field Office Acting Special Agent in Charge Andrew Anderson.

Hammac pled guilty to a single count of deprivation of rights under color of law.

According to documents filed today, Hammac was involved in a vehicle pursuit on May 8, 2017, for several miles. The car was brought to a stop, and the suspect raised his hands in the air in a manner indicating surrender.

Other officers then ordered the suspect out of the car and began pulling him out of the car. Hammac ran to the front passenger side door, opened it, grabbed the supsect before he could exit, pulled him back into the car, and repeatedly punched the suspects head with a closed fist.

The victim was not resisting in any way or posing a threat.

Hammac faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a $250,000 fine. The court set sentencing for Nov. 14.

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