The IMPD Professional Standards unit has completed its investigation of the incident involving Deputy Chief William Benjamin and Indiana State Trooper Wayne Billings," said a statement issued about 2:30 p.m. by Sgt. Linda Jackson, an IMPD spokeswoman.Billings served a two day suspension from his job recently after a state police inquiry determined he had acted inproperly in the confrontation with Benjamin concerning his personal relationship with a woman.
"The investigation concluded that Deputy Chief Benjamin and Major Christopher Boomershine were exonerated from any wrongdoing in this matter," the IMPD statement said. "Chief of Police Paul Ciesielski has approved the Professional Standards findings and the case is considered closed."
Friday, December 03, 2010
Chief Belatedly Clears IMPD Brass In Scuffle With State Trooper
It took prodding from the FOP's leadership before either Public Safety Director Frank Straub or IMPD Chief would clear Deputy Chief William Benjamin and Maj. Chris Boomershine in a scuffle that ensued with an Indiana State Trooper, Wayne Bilings, after he marched into Benjamin's office in plain clothes while armed and began accusing him of meddling into his relationship with another woman. "After the head of the Indianapolis public safety officers union called on Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to publicly clear the name of two high-ranking cops who were under investigation, IMPD issued a statement today to exonerate them from any wrongdoing," reports the Star's John Tuohy. A spokeswoman for IMPD released this statement today: