Fraternal Order of Police respond to public outcry

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
South Bend

MGN Online

ST. JOE CO., Ind.--- South Bend's Fraternal Order of Police is responding to the outcry against an officer over alleged brutality.

Yesterday, a group of 15 community and religious leaders called for the resignation of Officer Aaron Knepper.

Now, the F.O.P Lodge has released a statement asking the public to withhold their judgment until all the facts come out.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide and the prosecutor's office are investigating what happened during the incident a week ago.

Tom Stevens, 55, suffered serious injuries after a traffic stop.

Stevens has since been released from the hospital, and Officer Knepper was cleared to return to work.

The F.O.P says they stand by Officer Knepper adding, " is irresponsible to imply or accuse Officer Knepper of brutality, excessive force, injustice, etc.... No case should be judged in the court of public opinion. It should only be when all the facts are known. Until then, Officer Knepper, as with Mr. Stevens should be considered innocent until proven guilty."

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