A Las Vegas police officer is beingÂ investigated by a federal grand jury after he kicked a man in diabetic shockÂ five times in the head during a traffic stop, it was revealedÂ today.
Henderson police sergeant Brett Seekatz wasÂ caught on dashboard camera beating Adam Greene after he was dragged from hisÂ car in the controversial 2010 incident.
In the video, Greene was stopped by officersÂ who said they thought he was driving drunk. The diabetic was in fact sufferingÂ from severe hyperglycemia while on his way to work.
The man is shown to be unresponsive when anÂ officer walks up to him, cursing, and kicks him in the head.
He is then kneed in the ribs by otherÂ officers as he screams out in pain.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and GreeneÂ was treated for low blood sugar. He was later treated for fractured ribs andÂ bruises all over his body including his face and scalp.
In February, Greene was awarded a $292,500Â settlement in the beating case.
Seekatz was ‘disciplined’ at the time,Â according to a Henderson police department statement, but was not suspended fromÂ duty or demoted.
However, it was revealed Tuesday that a grandÂ jury has been hearing evidence for months about the incident.
Grand jury sessions are secret, and it isÂ unknown what, if any, charges federal prosecutors are seeking against Seekatz,Â according to the Las VegasÂ Review-Journal.
The newspaper reported that the federalÂ investigation was referenced in an email from Las Vegas Police ProtectiveÂ Association director Chris Collins to the union’s nearly 3,000 members lastÂ week.
In the note, Collins outlined recent changesÂ in the department’s use-of-force hearings. He also advised officers not toÂ testify if subpoenaed to appear, mentioning a federal investigation stemmingÂ from a ‘high-profile arrest.’
‘It has come to my attention that the localÂ U.S. Attorney working with Department of Justice Civil Rights prosecutors, hasÂ been investigating another department’s officer for alleged criminal conductÂ arising out of a high-profile arrest,’ Collins wrote, according to theÂ LVRJ.
The federal authorities regularly reviewÂ officer-related use-of-force incidents for ‘potential civil rights violations.Â The risk that you may be investigated by another law enforcement agency is realÂ and substantial,’ Collins wrote.
He told the Review Journal on Monday that heÂ wasn’t aware of the grand jury investigation and a spokesman for the U.S.Â Attorney’s office said she could not confirm or deny it.
Greene’s former lawyer said the man had notÂ yet been subpoenaed to testify in any grand jury proceedings.