Former Kansas trooper sentenced to prison for using excessive force

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper has been sentenced to nine months in prison for using excessive force.

James Carson, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of violating civil rights after he used unreasonable force against a man he arrested in 2013. 

The incident occurred on June 25, 2013 in Labette County. Carson admitted to using excessive force after arresting and transporting a man to the Labette County Jail. As Carson was removing the man from the patrol car, Carson kicked the man's legs out from underneath him, causing the man to land on his back on the floor.

Carson admitted in court that he used excessive force as form of punishment and not for law enforcement purposes.

Carson also agreed to surrender his law enforcement credentials and never receive employment related to law enforcement.

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