Man who filed complaint against police chief reacts to mayor's decision


The man who filed a complaint against South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman is speaking out about the mayor's decision not to discipline the chief.

During a common council meeting earlier this year, Rev. Greg Brown accused Teachman of failing to back another officer up when a fight broke out at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in April.

"I was standing on the corner of Linden and College," Brown said. "He was standing there talking to director Maurice Scott. And, after that, he went to his car and left. He never went to see."

Brown says there were 80 to 90 people involved in the fight, which he estimates lasted no longer than two minutes. He says an officer who was meeting with Teachman did jump in to break it up.

"I can't tell if he needed some assistance," Brown said. "'Cause, if it had been that bad, I'd have went over and helped him disperse it."

After bringing his complaint to the council, they forwarded it on to the Board of Public Safety, who asked Indiana State Police to look into the matter.

They recently wrapped up their investigation, which Buttigieg says revealed Teachman didn't violate any rules in the duty manual.

"Three months later the state police were gathering recollections and, across the varying recollections, it looks like either before or after going to the restroom, Chief Teachman learned that there was a fight," Buttigieg says. "When he got outside, the fight was over."

Buttigieg requested a special meeting with the Board of Public Safety Wednesday morning to discuss the findings of the confidential report and his decision not to discipline Teachman.

A couple hours after the meeting, Board President Pat Cottrell resigned, saying he disagreed with the mayor's decision.

Brown says that's an indication there's something more to ISP's findings. He wants Buttigieg to release the report so taxpayers can draw their own conclusions.

"The only thing I'm asking for is more transparency and more consistency," Brown said.

He and a couple other concerned citizens met with Buttigieg Wednesday night during 'Mayor's Night Out.' They expressed their concerns, but Buttigieg reiterated he would not release the ISP report because it's a personnel issue.

Council President Derek Dieter says the council will continue to pursue the issue by contacting the state's public access counselor and, if they have to, filing a subpoena.


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