No discipline for SB Police Chief, Safety Board President resigns

South Bend Board of Public Safety President Patrick Cottrell submits resignation to Mayor Pete Buttigieg just hours after Buttigieg announced that no disciplinary action would be taken against South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman.

Wednesday morning the South Bend Board of Public Safety met for nearly an hour to discuss possible disciplinary action against Teachman.

After the closed meeting, Mayor Buttigieg announced there was no violation of the duty manual and no disciplinary action was necessary.

This matter goes back to April at the Martin Luther King recreation center in South Bend.

According to the story, the chief was meeting inside the building with another officer when a fight broke started outside.

It's alleged that the officer quickly responded and that the chief did not respond adequately.

After the meeting, there seemed to be mixed emotions about the way to handle the chief's actions.

Mayor Buttigieg says, “I think there are some folks who really want the police department to go back to the old way and we just can't do that. We need to improve on the old way and there's no going back and we've got to move the department forward. We've got to move the city forward.”

Meanwhile South Bend Board of Public Safety President Patrick Cottrell seemed emotional when he exited the meeting. He was questioned by reporters about the mayor’s decision and asked if he agreed with the mayor’s decision. He said, “No.”

When questioned again about why he disagreed he said, “Because it's not the right decision.”

Just over two hours later Cottrell submitted his resignation to Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Cottrell is expected to release a statement later Wednesday.

There's already been criticism from the community to release the Indiana State Police report that investigated the incident.

However it appears that will not happen. Mayor Buttigieg says it's a personnel matter and will remain closed.

Two groups, including the city council, formally requested the Indiana State Police report.

The mayor says personnel matters are private and the report will remain closed.

However South Bend Common Council President Derek Dieter says the council will continue to pursue the report by contacting the state’s public access counselor and file a subpoena.


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