Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Officer Layton Resigns Following Drug-Related Arrest
Just one day after IMPD arrested one of its own, Officer Nikolas Layton. on charges of suspicion of dealing cocaine, conspiracy to deal cocaine and possession of cocaine, he tendered his resignation. IMPD Chief Troy Riggs had already suspended him without pay. The 35-year old Layton is a 10-year veteran of the department and son of Marion County Sheriff John Layton (D). He was arrested yesterday, along with Christopher Reed and Veronica Purdy.
A WTHR story is a bit perplexing as to how this investigation transpired. WTHR cites sources as saying the investigation started as an FBI investigation; however, the FBI handed the case over to IMPD after it discovered Layton was a police officer. Why would the FBI allow IMPD to handle the investigation of one of its own? It just seems to be another example of how things are done a way here in Indianapolis that don't happen in any other city in America. I'm betting the eventual charges against Layton will be much weaker charges than if the investigation had been pursued by the FBI.
Layton worked in the department's hit and run investigation unit at the time of his arrest.