S. Ind. police chief backs discipline for officer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Chief Billy Bolin is recommending the Police Merit Commission either suspend the unidentified officer without pay for 21 days or possibly fire him.

According to a police department news release, the student's mother reported the incident to the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp., which reported it to police. A criminal investigation was ended when the mother said she did not want to press charges. But she did file a complaint with police.

Police department spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum said the identity of the officer and an explanation of the complaint will be revealed at a June 10 hearing.

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