Former State Trooper Facing Federal Charge

A former Kansas State Trooper will face federal charges in a case involving his alleged use of excessive force. According to the U.S Attorney’s Office,  a federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging the former trooper with violating an individual’s civil rights by using excessive force.

The indictment alleges that 43-year-old James Carson of Independence, Kansas, while acting under color of law as a trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol, used excessive force amounting to punishment against a victim identified in court records as R.T. The indictment further alleges that Carson’s use of excessive force resulted in bodily injury to R.T.

The crime is alleged to have occurred June 25, 2013, in Labette County, Kansas.

If convicted on the civil rights charge, Carson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag and Trial Attorney Rose Gibson of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section are prosecuting.