Monday, August 02, 2010

IMPD Chief Finally Calls For Charges In Concocted Fight That Injured IMPD Officer

I'm not sure why it took nine days for him to speak out about an African-American minister and others who helped stage a fight between two black men to see how a white police officer would react, which resulted in injury to the white police officer, but Chief Paul Ciesielski finally decided that charges are warranted against those involved in the staged fight. WRTV reports on Ciesielski's decision:

"I am going to pursue that, at least talk to the prosecutor's office to see if this is a case of charges to be filed," he said. "At minimum, there was a battery committed on an officer."


Authorities said the staged altercation was staged by James Harrington, a pastor at Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church.

Sgt. Matthew Grimes was asked to speak at the anti-violence symposium, but unbeknownst to the officer, Harrington had arranged for a fake altercation in the crowd.

Grimes responded to the fight, and his back was injured as he tried to get two men to stop fighting, police said.

Harrington said the scenario was an effort to test the officer's response to an argument involving two black men.
WRTV first broke the story last Friday. Public Safety Director Frank Straub and the FOP expressed outrage at the incident but no criminal charges have been filed in the case. Rank and file police officers are even more outraged by the inaction of their superiors. Straub says the case is still under investigation.

This is the how the incident in question was described in WRTV's initial report:

Sgt. Matthew Grimes was asked to give a presentation to a church audience on July 24 at Municipal Gardens, in the 1800 block of Lafayette Road.


During the presentation, an altercation broke out in the crowd, and Grimes intervened. The officer was thrown to the ground and drew his Taser, ready to stun one of the people involved, police said.

At that point, someone stepped in and told the officer that the incident had been concocted to test the reaction of the officer to the situation, police said. Grimes suffered severe back spasms after the incident and was taken to Methodist Hospital for treatment.

James Harrington, pastor of the Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, said he set up the scenario to test a white officer's reaction to a fight between two black men.

"Their job is to protect and serve, and even though they have families and children, that they don't put any regard to their safety," Harrington said. "I don't think it was dangerous because it was in a controlled environment."

Harrington denied that the officer was injured.

5 comments:

Indy4U2C said...

Mt Vernon church and its agent "Rev" Harrington need to face a Criminal Court Judge!

In fact, I am sure cases like this are the reason why corporations can be charged with crimes under Indiana law.

I do not believe either Mt. Vernon nor Harrington understand the words, teachings, or actions of Jesus!

Downtown Indy said...

Since local blogger Jon Easter seems to have had some time with Ennis Adams Jri nhis employ at Ben Davis' WBDG radio station (where jon was at the time their Station Manager and Ennis was 'staff'), maybe he will chime in with some background on Mr Adams.

WBDG Radio Staff

An "Ennis Adams" shows up in the Indiana Offender Database (without indicating Jr or Sr however).

Indiana Offender Database

There are also videos from Asante Children's Theater that reference Ennis Jr.

The above database record includes child molesting and sexual battery charges, which (if the same Ennis Adams) should concern the families of these child performers.

Marycatherine Barton said...

What a dirty trick to play on Sgt. Matthew Grimes, and I am so sorry he was injured. What a wierd story! I hope he gets fully compensated.

Michael said...

This story made the DRUDGEREPORT today.

Concerned Taxpayer said...

I wonder which "divinity school" "Rev" Harrington graduated from and was ordained as an actual minister.