There's still a lot of grumbling within the ranks of IMPD over what some are describing as a cover-up after a private citizen, Austin Joseph, called 911 on the night of December 20, 2014 to complain that an IMPD police car later identified as being driven by Capt. Phil Burton was being driven at high rates of speed in excess of 90 mph in an erratic fashion. Joseph followed Burton's car from the City's far northeast side to downtown where Burton was reporting for roll call at the downtown police district. Several police sources complained to Advance Indiana that top brass within the department covered up evidence Burton drove his car while under the influence of alcohol and falsely reported on Joseph, whom he described as a nut who wouldn't stop following him when contacted by IMPD communications. Police were dispatched to make a traffic stop of Joseph to question him about the incident but were not allowed to stop Capt. Burton.
Advance Indiana on Monday obtained from the Marion Co. Sheriff's Department a CAD record and audio of the related 911 call and the call-outs from dispatch, which confirmed much of what sources told us in January, but only after IMPD stonewalled an earlier request and managed to get the Public Access Counselor to side with it in withholding the records as investigatory records. More than a month ago, Advance Indiana learned from Lori White, head of the Citizens Police Complaint Office that an internal affairs investigation had been launched as a result of Advance Indiana's reporting and inquiries regarding the incident. The audio and CAD records of the incident can be accessed by clicking here and here. The mishandling of the Capt. Phil Burton incident by IMPD is extremely alarming given that the fatal drunk driving collision involving former IMPD Officer David Bisard while on duty that wound up costing Indianapolis taxpayers close to $10 million. The complete disinterest shown by local news media to this matter is very peculiar given the amount of time they devoted to reporting on the Bisard crash and subsequent civil lawsuits and criminal trial.