"Investigation" on South Bend Chief Teachman expected

It looks like South Bend’s new police chief will be under investigation soon.

It’s alleged that Ron Teachman failed to provide back-up for a fellow officer when duty called in April.

A concerned citizen spoke out at a recent meeting of the South Bend Common Council.

Rev. Greg Brown said he witnessed the alleged incident at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in South Bend.

According to Brown’s story, Chief Teachman was inside the building meeting with another officer, when a fight broke out-outside the building behind the basketball courts.

It’s alleged that the officer quickly responded to the altercation-but that the chief did not.

“The officer came out, had his hand on his gun. He went back there, started dispersing the fight,” said Rev. Brown. “So another one of my youth ran up to me and he says ‘Rev. the chief of police is in there and he didn't even do anything.’ So I stood watching. The chief of police came out he stood by the playground fence that's in front of Martin Luther King Center, he never went back there to assist his fellow officer.”

Chief Teachman today told News Center 16 that he could not directly address the complaint, but he did make a short statement: “So what’s happened here is a citizen has made a complaint to the common council and they referred the matter to the board of public safety. My understanding is that the board will probably hold an investigation and I’ll gladly submit to that investigation, and I expect to be fully exonerated at the end of that investigation.”

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