Former Des Moines, Iowa, Police Officer Convicted of Civil Rights Violation
Colin Boone, previously employed as an officer of the Des Moines, Iowa, Police Department, was convicted today on the charge of deprivation of rights under color of law for assaulting a civilian during the course of an arrest on Feb. 19, 2013, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt of the Southern District of Iowa. The evidence presented at trial showed that Boone ran up to an arrestee and kicked him in the face while he was being held on the ground, face-down, by three other officers. The evidence also showed that Boone’s kick knocked out the victim’s front teeth and broke his nose.
“The Department of Justice is proud to stand behind the fine law enforcement officers with the Des Moines Police Department who honored their badges by providing truthful information about the defendant’s criminal actions,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Gupta. “We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to hold accountable officers such as former officer Boone, who engage in willful uses of excessive force.”
“This was a violent, criminal action” stated U.S. Attorney Klinefeldt. “Defendant Colin Boone kicked a defenseless man in the face. He will now be held responsible in the same way as all of the defendants he has helped put in jail. This was also a betrayal of trust: former police officer Colin Boone betrayed the trust of the public he served and of the officers with whom he served.”
The charge of deprivation of rights under color of law carries a statutory maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The sentencing hearing will be determined at a later date and Boone remains out of custody pending sentencing.
Today’s conviction is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Des Moines Resident Office. Prosecution of this matter was handled by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Iowa.