SB Common Council votes to subpoena police tapes linked to wiretapping

The push to release the South Bend Police Department tapes, that led to an FBI investigation continues.

Monday night the South Bend Common Council voted to authorize the attorney, it hired, to issue a subpoena.

Now the request will be in the mayor's hands Tuesday morning.

By law, the mayor’s office has 30 days to respond to the request.

It's not likely the mayor's office will release the tapes.

This entire time Mayor Buttigieg has said it’s illegal for anyone to listen to the tapes based on the legal advice he has been given by several experts.

Several people spoke out at the council meeting asking the tapes be released.

“We can't get on with other business until there is justice in South Bend,” says community activist Mario Sims.

St. Joseph County Republican Party Chairman Deb Fleming says it has become a non-partisan issue that should be resolved. “This scandal has gone on far too long. The people of this community are losing faith in the leader they voted overwhelmingly to elect.”

Mayor Buttigieg agreed that some type of move needs to be made so the city can focus on other issues like jobs, vacant houses, and anti- violence initiatives.

“Either way we are going to have some clarity and finally be able to move forward,” he says.

But with three shootings this weekend, one involving a double homicide on North Olive some at the meeting are demanding answers now about what's going on in the police department.

“We're calling on Tim Corbett to step down,” says Sims. “Anyone who describes on television over the weekend that he has a black suspect, instead of a suspect ... is a suspect to us.”

All of the council members voted yes to the motion except for Gavin Ferlic.

He says, “If there was any sort of relevant case law that indicated that council could be putting ourselves in legal jeopardy, I just didn't want to make that decision without all the relevant case law.”

There's a difference in legal opinions between many experts, citing different case law.

So the case will likely head to circuit court where Judge Gotsch will make a decision.


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