SB councilman files police report alleging intimidation

The drama continues on the South Bend Common Council. One member today filed a police report that alleges intimidation.

“Intimidation cases are very common in law enforcement, basically all it takes is one person to feel like, you know, they were put in fear for even a brief time,” said South Bend Police Capt. Phil Trent.

At Large Councilman Derek Dieter filed the complaint today against Henry Davis, Sr., the father of Councilman Henry Davis, Jr.

The complaint stems from Monday afternoon’s meeting of the rules committee. Members were discussing the possibility of punishing Councilman Henry Davis, Jr. for a controversial Facebook post.

While the councilman’s father never laid a finger on Dieter, it’s alleged that he used one of his fingers as part of a h and gesture directed Dieter’s way.

“At which point the report alleges that Mr. Davis' father got up from his seat, made an obscene gesture towards councilman Dieter and also used profanity toward him, and physically approached him at which point councilman Dieter reports feeling intimidated by that,” said Capt. Trent.

“I didn’t believe anything from my personal opinion was on that level, that would file a police report,” said Council President Oliver Davis. “I do realize there’s tension between those who are filing those issues.”

President Davis expressed hope that members could resolve their issues without calling in police: “I hope that tension can be resolved over breakfast, over lunch, over dinner, because we have more important things to do as a council.”

It’s not yet clear if South Bend police will look into the matter or hand it off to the Indiana State Police. Councilman Dieter is a former member of the South Bend Police Department who retired earlier this year.

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