Justices asked to overturn ruling on police oaths

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The state is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling invalidating an arrest because the officer had not been sworn in as a member of the new merged police department in Indianapolis.

That ruling called into question nearly all arrests made by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers since the agency was formed January 1st. The agency is a merger of the Indianapolis Police and Marion County Sheriff's departments.

Attorneys for a woman arrested on a drunken driving charge in January argued that while Officer William Bueckers had been sworn in as an IPD officer, his status did not automatically carry over to the new department. But Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Ploughe says the officer had already taken the oath under IPD and his employment continued seamlessly.

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