- Chief Paul Ciesielski is recommending the firing of Officer Matt Elam, who is accused of wrecking his police car and hiring a private collision repair business to make repairs to his car rather than reporting it to the department and having it repaired at the city garage. A Marion County grand jury investigation is trying to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against Elam.
- CVS has been ordered by a Marion County judge to preserve surveillance video footage that may show Officer David Bisard purchasing alcohol sometime prior to the collision that left one motorcyclist dead and two others seriously injured.
- Mayor Greg Ballard attempted to visit one of the victim's of Bisard's crash, Kurt Weekly, at Methodist Hospital but was turned away.
- Mayor Ballard has agreed to meet with local black ministers to discuss issues with IMPD.
- IMPD has launched a separate investigation of the alleged altercation between Indiana State Police Officer Wayne Billings and IMPD DeputyChief William Benjamin at IMPD headquarters. ISP announced yesterday it had launched a separate investigation and placed Officer Billings on administrative duty.
- An audio recording supposedly captures the verbal argument between ISP Officer Wayne Billings and Deputy Chief William Benjamin.
- Public Safety Director Frank Straub thinks there is a conspiracy of opportunists to oust him as public pressure mounts for his firing.
- And finally, controversial radio talk show host Abdul Hakim Shabazz is fanning the flames of a conspiracy theory involving Lacy Johnson, black ministers and Melina Kennedy to turn black voters against Ballard.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
There's lots of news today on the latest investigations concerning police misconduct at IMPD. Here's a rundown of what's making news today: