Friday, October 08, 2010

Straub Trying To Fix Bisard Investigation To Protect Image According To Police Source

A police source familiar with the internal investigation of IMPD's handling of the fatal DUI investigation of K-9 Officer David Bisard had made a damning accusation against Public Safety Director Frank Straub to Fox59 News. According to the anonymous police source, Straub met with a detective writing the internal report for IMPD and was disturbed with findings contained in the draft report that are unfavorable to him. The source claims Straub asked the internal affairs investigator to amend the report to omit any mention of his name in it. Further, the source alleges Straub has been given access to a preliminary report prepared by the FBI and has asked that any mention of his name or Chief Paul Ciesielski be redacted from the report. According to Fox59 News, Straub denies the allegation made by the anonymous police source. Straub told news sources today final reports would be issued by IMPD and the FBI before the end of this month.

You may recall earlier reports about how Straub and Ciesielski were in a meeting discussing Straub's image problems at the time high-ranking officers had responded to the accident scene where Bisard had struck and killed one motorcyclist and seriously injured two other motorcyclists. Those two high-ranking officers, Darryl Pierce and Ron Hicks, were ordered by Ciesielski to return to IMPD headquarters for a meeting to prepare for an afternoon press conference intended as a show of unity and support for Straub. Pierce and Hicks later joined Ciesielski at the press conference but declined to say anything in support of Straub. The two were later demoted as punishment for their supposed failure to take charge of the Bisard accident scene, even though both had been summoned to leave the scene and report back to IMPD headquarters for the meeting to discuss Straub's image.

12 comments:

Concerned Taxpayer said...

So, they were not demoted for failing to take charge of the scene.
They were demoted because they refused to support Herr DOC-TOR Straub at the press conference.

Indy4u2c said...

Since our mayor won't act, the City-County Council needs to act and eliminate the Public Safety Director job. It's an unnecessary layer of government. Instead of providing for Public Safety, Straub is enhancing his own image. Instead of providing for public safety, Straub is remodeling a suite of offices for his enlarged staff (that includes a public relations staff). Instead of hiring police/firemen, he's hiring Assistant Directors and public relations staff...

It's unheard of for a political appointee to interfere with a police investigation and order the findings changed!

There is a command level problem. The Public Safety Director is not a police officer and should only be kept informed after the report is released by his Chief of Police. There is also an ethical problem....and this stinks to high heaven.

Frank Straub, Indianapolis does not need you!

Brizzonator said...

I'll have to change my name to Straubonnator... That guy is almost as dumb as Brizzi.

Brizzonator said...

Is Curry gonna make the commitment to investigate Brizzi and the rest of the possible corruption from plea deals, to bid rigging/contract manipulation that runs from the State House to the CCC/Mayor's office...

Is Vaughn in violation of Ethics pertaining to his law license?

If Curry makes that commitment he will run away with the election.

We need honorable, integrity oriented people in leadership.

Advance Indiana said...

Anyone who watched Straub's presentation recently during the Public Safety Committee's hearing on his department's budget could have only concluded the man is a sociopathic self-aggrandizer of the worst order. He even compared himself to Peyton Manning at one point and said he had assembled the absolute best team in the country at his own choosing to rebuild the police department. His claim totally imploded when he went on to name Jon Mays, who he suggested was one of the state's top litigators, former undocumented worker Carolyn Requiz-Smith (to appease hispanics), Gary Coons (to appease the disabled) and the rotund retired police officer from Baltimore (to appease blacks) as among those top notch team members he had assembled. Even Vernon Brown could barely control his laughter.

Indy4u2c said...

Gary, I not only agree that Straub is a sociopathic self-aggrandizer, but I believe he is a megalomaniac!

Jon said...

We have a mayor and we have a chief of police so why do we need a director of public safety? His only purpsose is to insulate the mayor fom bad pr. Eliminate the job and manup Mr. Mayor.

Concerned Taxpayer said...

So, does he even know we also have a fire department? And Animal Control? And Weights & Measures?

Paul K. Ogden said...

AI,

Regarding Jon Mayes, he's a still wet-behind-the-ears attorney. He had only two years experience when he was appointed head of the litigation at City Legal. He didn't even know the difference between interrogatories and written deposition quesitons (he made the mistake 3 times in a filing so I know it wasn't just a slip).

I had numerous cases against Mayes when he was at City Legal. Quite frankly, he didn't know what he was doing half the time. For Straub to suggest he's one of the top litigators in the state is utterly astonishing. Mayes can barely find the courtroom. Some of the arguments he made in court were downright embarassing. Quite simply, he's just a young, inexperienced attorney who sucked up to the right people to get positions he clearly is not qualified for.

Advance Indiana said...

I think what you're trying to say, Paul, is that he agreed to do what Joe Loftus and Bob Grand ordered him to do. Does anyone in this administration actually take orders from Ballard besides his wife, Winnie, who hangs around the office acting as his domestic servant?

Paul K. Ogden said...

AI,

That's EXACTLY what I'm saying. Thanks for the clarification.

Cato said...

"I had numerous cases against Mayes when he was at City Legal. Quite frankly, he didn't know what he was doing half the time."

But I'll bet the judge bailed him out, every time.