A South Bend police officer wants the common council to investigate how the department deals with internal complaints.
Theo Roberts received a four-month suspension and a temporary demotion after he began unauthorized investigations into two incidents already being reviewed by police.
Roberts maintains he did nothing wrong and says his case might have been impacted because he had previously filed a complaint against the officer investigating him.
On Monday night, he told the council that other city employees are dealing with similar issues and asked them to look into the matter.
“There's a culture of unfairness when it comes to things going on around here,” said Roberts. “For example, in the past I've filed formal complaints about appointed officials in the city and absolutely nothing is done. But yet for lack of a better term, lower level employees when there's complaints against them, there's a full investigation done, there's punishment dished out.”
Roberts says there is also a fear of retaliation if city employees speak out about such issues.
The council’s health and public safety committee will likely look into the claims.