INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — A Muncie Police Department officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to concealing and failing to report another officer’s inappropriate use of force.
Dalton Kurtz, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of Misprision of Felony, according to court documents. On June 5, 2018, Kurtz allegedly responded to a call involving three minors who had fled from officers after crashing a vehicle into a building.
Kurtz and MPD officer Chase Winkle then allegedly chased after one of the juveniles on foot and found him lying face down in a yard with his arms extended in front of him. Winkle then ran toward the child and kicked him in the head without justification.
According to court documents, Kurtz knew Winkle’s actions constituted a felony but he failed to notify anyone of the crime. Instead, officials say he took the affirmative step of hiding his story of this felony by writing a false report about the incident.
Kurtz now faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison. Chase Winkle was previously indicted, along with other officers, with civil rights and obstruction of justice offenses. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial in January 2022.