LAKE CHARLES, La. – Former Lake Charles Police Department officer, Robert Hammac was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he pled guilty to using excessive force during a 2017 police chase.
A federal judge sentenced the 44-year-old on Tuesday. Hammac was also sentenced to on year health evaluation.
Hammac was one of the officers involved in a police chase in May 2017. When the chase ended, the suspect raised his hands, indicating surrender. While other officers began pulling the driver out of the car, Hammac opened the passenger side door, grabbed the driver and repeatedly punched him. His actions were caught on a police dash camera.
After leaving Lake Charles, Hammac joined the Moss Point Police Department in Moss Point, Mississippi, but resigned after he was indicted.
Hammac has to report to begin serving his sentence at 1 p.m. on Jan. 6.