A memorial service for a former Indianapolis Police Department chief will be Thursday at the local police union hall.Mayor Lugar removed him from his position "following charges of corruption." Was that all day after day of front-page news stories was about back in the early 1970s? I guess if you want to know the real story you'll have to buy a copy of Dick Cady's new book, "Deadline: Indianapolis" on amazon.com. As I've often mentioned before, the Indianapolis Star's reporters today don't believe in reading the newspaper's own archives when compiling stories. Apparently that takes too much effort. And there's nobody left in the newsroom who remembers those days. All are long gone following the newspaper's slow demise after the Pulliam family sold it to Gannett. How sad. Sen. Lugar is ever so grateful of the short memories at the Star. He certainly doesn't come out looking very good in Cady's book. He was hardly leading the reform to clean up one of the nation's most corrupt police departments when he was mayor despite the mythology you hear from the people in Indiana Republican politics who worship him today about his years as mayor.
Visitation for Winston Churchill will be from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the memorial service and a flag presentation, at the Fraternal Order of Police hall, 1525 Shelby St.
Churchill died Nov. 1 after a long illness.
"He served the Indianapolis Police Department from 1957 until his retirement in 1977," said Sgt. Linda Jackson, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman, in an announcement of the service. "He rose through the ranks, becoming chief of police on Feb. 23, 1968, and he led the department until relinquishing the position in March 14, 1974."
Mayor Richard G. Lugar asked Churchill to resign, praising his work, but saying a change was needed to "restore the good morale and proud posture" of the police force following charges of corruption.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Star Whitewashes Death Of Corrupt Former IPD Chief
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