Gary police chief wants to fire two officers
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org|648-3258 November 30, 2012 4:50PM
Marla Guye, Gary Police officer. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 6, 2012 9:47PM
GARY — Chief Wade Ingram wants the Gary Police Civil Service Commission to fire two officers for actions he says reflect poorly on the department.
In a special meeting Friday afternoon, the commission accepted two verified complaints against Patrolmen Marla Guye and Jason Johnson.
Both matters will be assigned to lawyers who will hear testimony, review evidence, then make recommendations to the commission.
Guye was arrested Oct. 23 in Chandler, Okla., during a traffic stop. Police found 48 pounds of compressed marijuana in the suitcase she shared with her boyfriend, a convicted felon, who was driving the car she rented in Arizona.
Ingram alleges she violated four rules, including conduct unbecoming a police officer, involvement in a felony and failing to report to work. She was scheduled for duty the day she was arrested more than 700 miles from Gary.
Johnson left his assigned sector on Nov. 2 and allowed a rap singer to use his squad car as a prop in a video, Ingram states in the complaint.
The chief lists eight violations against Johnson, including leaving his assignment without permission, misuse of department property and conduct unbecoming an officer.
The final version of Fredrick Tipton’s video shows Johnson conducting a “pat down” of a “suspect” while the rapper performs.
During an interview with an Internal Affairs investigator, Johnson admitted to the rules violations, the complaint states.