A City-County Council member was arrested for battery and resisting law enforcement Sunday evening.A source tells Advance Indiana that Minton-McNeill was so intoxicated she urinated herself in the police cruiser while in route to the jail. Minton-McNeill became the third councilor for the 15th District in less than a year. Patrice Abduallah was forced to resign after Advance Indiana first reported he did not live in his council district. That resulted in the appointment of Andre Carson, who was elected to a full four-year term last November. Carson resigned the seat in March after he was elected to fill the unexpired term of his grandmother, the late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson.
Councilwoman Doris Minton-McNeill was arrested outside her home on Medford Avenue around 5:30 pm. Police were called to the home after a woman called 911 about a child abuser at her home that she wanted to leave. When officers arrived, Minton-McNeill confronted them in front of the house, stating the person was no longer there. She then charged one of the officers for an unknown reason and injured her wrist.
As officers were taking the woman into custody, she identified herself as the councilwoman. She was taken to jail for battery and resisting law enforcement. Officers also observed that Minton-McNeill had been drinking.
Minton-McNeill took the place of Andre Carson when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in March.
UPDATE: Marion Co. GOP Chairman Tom John released a statement this evening calling for Minton-McNeil's resignation from the council. Here's his statement:
"We are deeply saddened that once again a Democrat member of the City-County Council has shown such public comtempt for law enforcement and disregard for the laws of our great city and the State of Indiana. The citizens of Indianapolis demand leaders who are servants of the law, not people who think they are above it. Doris Minton-McNeill should immediately resign her seat on the City-County Council. I also call upon Democrat leaders such as Minority Leader Joanne Sanders and Marion County Treasurer Mike Rodman to join us in our call for Minton-McNeill to resign. They failed to act before when people like Monroe Gray felt they were above the law. I sincerely hope they act now that such a situation is unfortunately occurring once again."