City-County Councilor Ron Gibson faces charges stemming from what happened outside a downtown nightclub in July.
Gibson (D) faces charges of battery against a police officer, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
On July 16, a disturbance was reported at the entrance of the Blu Lounge at 232 S. Meridian. The officer who responded to the scene, Detective Jean Burkert, saw crowds of people trying to get inside and though someone might get hurt. Some of the people in the crowd were told by the officer to back up.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Ron Gibson was among those in the crowd being told to hold off. The officer said Gibson, who was demanding to be let into the club because he was next in line, showed signs of being drunk. Det. Burkert told him he wasn't going inside. Gibson shouted at her and pushed her with both hands. He left after being told to leave the area.
Former Monroe County Prosecutor Barry Brown was appointed special prosecutor to look into the case after Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi requested it.
Gibson has not been arrested, and no arrangements have been made for him to turn himself in. If convicted on all charges, he could face up to a year in jail.
Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's office turned the investigatation over to a Monroe County prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation. If Gibson is convicted, he faces up to one year in jail. This could have serious repercussions for his efforts to be re-slated by Democrats next year for his at-large council seat. Kudos to Indy Undercover, which was the first to report on the warrant being issued for Gibson's arrest. Gibson had also been touted as a possible successor to Rep. Julia Carson.