2 Gary police officers accused of rule violations
Post-Tribune staff report October 4, 2013 11:49PM
Updated: November 6, 2013 6:05AM
GARY — Two police officers accused of similar violations of department rules face vastly different punishments.
At Thursday night’s Gary Police Civil Service Commission meeting, Patrolman Isiah Price asked the board to cancel a disciplinary hearing. “I accept my 30 days,” Price said.
Chief Wade Ingram filed a verified complaint against Price after the mother of two teenage boys complained he battered them during an arrest in Glen Park on May 2. During the Internal Affairs investigation, one teen passed a voice stress test and the other failed. Price also failed his test, denying he punched one of the teens in the stomach. Later, Price admitted he lied.
The chief asked for a 30-day unpaid suspension, but the commission must first conduct a hearing on the evidence. Price said he would waive the hearing and accept the punishment. The board attorney told him to make his request in writing.
Patrolman Charles Minard’s disciplinary hearing is set to begin at 1 p.m. Monday. In that case, Minard punched a man in the face, breaking facial bones. Minard is also accused of lying about his actions. Ingram is seeking termination for Minard.
In other business, the commission will conduct promotional tests for rank of captain, lieutenant and corporal Dec. 6. Fraternal Order of Police President Sam Abegg suggested the board also test for sergeants, saying that list will be exhausted before it expires.
A list of new reserve officers was certified. The reserves are volunteers who assist the department in a wide range of services, including patrol.
Among them is former Gary School Board member Andrea Ledbetter, who was ousted after one term in the aftermath of a scandal involving her use of a school credit card to take trips to Japan and Hawaii. She also voted to hire her husband as a driver, but failed to inform fellow board members of the relationship.