South Bend, Ind. A suspended police officer says he was punished for speaking up and believes other officers fear similar consequences.
South Bend Police Officer Theo Robert made a presentation to the board of public safety Wednesday, challenging disciplinary actions against him.
Back in August, Robert was suspended for 120 days, for allegedly starting an unauthorized investigation into cases being looked at by the department. But Robert says his actions were no different than those of the very lieutenant who came to his house to relieve him of his duties.
He says the whole situation, has made him and other officers afraid to speak up, fearing they will face the same outcome he did. But Police Chief Ron Teachman says, Roberts discipline was never mentioned before.
“Why is it that officers are fearing retaliation in our Police Department,” asks South Bend Police Officer Theo Robert. “That's the question I want you guys to ponder. That comes up a lot. Officers are afraid to stand up for things that are wrong in the Police Department for fear of retaliation.”
“All of our officers know, if they have a problem, they can address it through the chain of command,” explains Police Chief Ron Teachman. “They can call my office and set up an appointment.”
Teachman says this is the first he is hearing from Robert concerning discipline or retaliation.