Councilman wants feds to investigate South Bend Police

A South Bend Common Council member is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the city's police department.

It's the latest in a series of actions taken by local leaders as they try to get answers about the city's police tape scandal.

Henry Davis, Jr. wrote a letter asking the Department to investigate after hearing complaints about racial bias and criminal conduct in the South Bend Police Department.

"The trust of the police department is at an all-time low right now with the citizens of South Bend and that's a recipe for disaster," he said.

Davis is acting independently of the rest of the council by writing the letter.

He wants federal authorities to look into the policies and actions of police in the wake of the fallout from the federal wiretapping investigation.

"If racial bias was a part of some case or investigation that could have sent someone to prison or obviously someone's death wasn't investigated properly -- look, I don't know exactly what's on the tapes," he said. "I'm just reacting to what's on the tapes and based on current day events an investigation needs to happen, it needs to happen real quick."

Davis also cites the death of Michael Anderson in the letter.

Anderson died during a police chase in July. The St. Joseph County Coroner's office says he died after choking on a bag of marijuana, but witnesses believe otherwise.

"The people have spoken they have said something went wrong. What went wrong, we necessarily do not know. But we're asking for answers," he said.

Davis says he plans to reach out to other community leaders in the coming weeks to start a discussion on race and disparity in the community.


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