A former S.C. Highway Patrol trooper caught on video kicking a suspect in the head has pleaded not guilty to a federal civil rights charge.
Court records show U.S. Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant set a $25,000 bond for John Sawyer during a hearing on Wednesday.
Sawyer was accused of willfully depriving a man of his right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer after video emerged showing him kicking the man in the head after a 2006 interstate chase.
Sawyer was placed on leave after the incident and later resigned from the patrol.
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Sawyer is the second trooper indicted in as many months.
Authorities began investigating the patrol in March after tapes emerged of a trooper using a racial epithet.