A former VA cop with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Police Department was sentenced to one year in federal prison for assaulting a veteran and than falsifying his report alleging the man resisted arrest. 28-year-old Michael Kaim repeatedly punched and shoved a patient-employee last year he was placing under arrest outside of the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Kaim repeatedly struck the victim in the “face and head without legal justification.” The offense resulted in “bodily injury” according to the court documents.
In the incident report, the VA cop stated the victim “refused to comply with orders to leave the facility” and resisted his efforts to escort him from the building. The disgraced cop alleged that the victim acted aggressively toward him during the arrest. Kaim wrote the report the day after the arrest.
Kaim was indicted in January 2018 on a civil rights violation and obstruction of justice in that arrest.
Kaim “willfully deprived” the victim of the “right, secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, to be free from unreasonable seizure by one acting under the color of law, which includes the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a law enforcement officer,” the indictment said.
Rather than leave his fate in a jury of his peers, Kaim took a plea deal in July and agreed to plead guilty to one count of deprivation of rights. As part of the agreement, the former VA cop would surrender his law enforcement license and wouldn’t be allowed to seek other jobs in law enforcement.
“When excessive force is used by police officers against members of our community, particularly our veterans, it erodes confidence in our justice system and does irreparable damage to public confidence,” said U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler. “Anyone who violates the civil rights of others will be held accountable.”