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Differing penalties  issued to 2 officers

Updated: May 5, 2014 9:02AM



GARY — The final punishments for two Gary police officers accused of similar offenses have concluded differently.

Patrolmen Isiah Price and Charles Minard originally faced termination for allegedly striking suspects, based on a recommendation from the supervisor of the police department’s Internal Affairs Division.

Police Chief Wade Ingram amended the recommendation to a 30-day unpaid suspension for Price, who accepted the time off without a hearing. He recently returned from suspension and was named to a new team of officers assigned to hunt down suspects with warrants. Price was given a take-home squad car as part of the assignment.

On Thursday night, the Gary Police Civil Service Commission issued a 90-day unpaid suspension for Minard — overriding the 30-day recommendation from the hearing officer who listened to testimony and reviewed evidence in the matter. During his time off, the board ruled, Minard must attend anger management classes.

Price allegedly punched a teenager in the stomach inside a house after a foot pursuit. Minard was accused of punching a Hobart man in the face after the man fled from police twice in one night.

Minard attended the commission meeting but did not comment on the ruling when the commission asked for public participation.

The meeting Thursday was only the second this year for the civil service commission, which added a sixth member late in 2013 and canceled meetings due to weather or the inability to obtain a quorum.

New officers were elected for 2014, and votes were clearly divided between the commissioners appointed by police officers and the four named by either the mayor or city council.

Charles Smith, a Republican elected by the rank and file, was ousted as president and replaced by Commissioner Oliver Gilliam, the senior member who served as president for several years. Smith lost the vote 4-2, with he and the officers’ Democratic appointment, Ronald Jones, voting for him.

The commission held no discussion or explanation for any of its votes, including the suspension for Minard.



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