Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:42 PM EST2013-12-12 02:42:06 GMT
Police and school officials say American University's campus in the nation's capital is on lockdown after police received calls about a man with a gun. That report came in to Washington police aboutMore >>
A lockdown has been lifted at American University in Washington after police received calls about a man with a gun.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:37 PM EST2013-12-12 02:37:24 GMT
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record. "It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group.More >>
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:17 PM EST2013-12-12 02:17:20 GMT
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms. TheMore >>
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:45 PM EST2013-12-12 01:45:14 GMT
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus. Police say the robbery occurred around 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Sims Court. Three males, ages 20, 19More >>
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:14 PM EST2013-12-12 00:14:04 GMT
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat. "When I hear that furnace kick on and I don't feel cold, I jump up and I cut it down," said RooseveltMore >>
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:29 PM EST2013-12-11 23:29:33 GMT
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business 2-million dollars in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.Allegion does business in 120 countries -- but keeps its north AmericanMore >>
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business $2 million in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:28 PM EST2013-12-11 23:28:45 GMT
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew. Sunday's replay reversal, which gave the Bengals a touchdown, was a mistake. On Tuesday night, Dean Blandino, theMore >>
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-11 23:15:22 GMT
An Indianapolis pastor has been convicted of child molestation. A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday. Jetter had been working as a pastor at the Pilgrim Chapel MissionaryMore >>
A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:00 PM EST2013-12-11 23:00:14 GMT
About 50 days and 60 degrees ago, Dr. Lewis Ferebee rode a school bus to his first day of work as the new leader of Indianapolis Public Schools. He had a 100-day plan to begin improving the district.More >>
In an Eyewitness News interview, we ask IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee what he's learned, what he's done, and where he sees the school district headed.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-12-11 22:31:19 GMT
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow. Overnight temperatures will be in the range of 1 to -4 degrees. Wind chills will be evenMore >>
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow.More >>
Indianapolis - An IMPD officer has been fired for his actions during the arrest of a 15-year-old boy.
Metro Police Chief Paul Ciesielski announced Thursday morning that he terminated the employment of Officer Jerry Piland for his actions during the arrest of Brandon Johnson on May 16. Ciesielski said Piland should have discontinued striking Johnson after two other officers took him into custody.
Officer Piland was off-duty at the time of the incident, but responded to the scene to assist other officers.
"He did what I would hope all of our officers would do, he came to the aid [of the other officers]," said Public Safety Director Frank Straub.
Straub said Piland was not in uniform, did not show a badge, but had his department-issued gun and a marked cruiser at the scene. He said he met with Piland Thursday morning to inform him of the termination.
"I am not going to fire somebody who didn't do anything wrong. The officer we believe had the most culpability is no longer an IMPD officer," Ciesielski said.
Four other officers in the investigation will return to their street duty. Officer Stacy Lettinga will receive a letter of reprimand for poor judgement in arresting another person at the scene, the other three officers - Officers David Carney and Oliver Clouthier and Sgt. Joshua Shaughnessy - acted within department policy, Ciesielski said.
"The IMPD has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to excessive force," Ciesielski said.
Officials clarified Thursday that Officer Piland was placed on administrative duty during the investigation, along with Officers Carney, Clouthier and Sgt. Shaughnessy. Officer Lettinga was not placed on administrative duty.
Ciesielski said the investigation revealed that Brandon Johnson initially started to leave the scene with a group when commanded by officers, but returned. Officer Carney told him to go home, to which Johnson replied that he was home and wasn't going anywhere. As Carney placed Johnson into custody for his own protection, Johnson yanked his arm away and turned to face the officer.
At that point, Ciesielski said Carney felt he was about to be struck by the taller Johnson, so he struck him with an open palm to the face, knocking the teen to the ground. Johnson grabbed the officer's leg, so Carney grabbed his hair and struck him again with an open palm and twice instructed him to stop resisting.
When Johnson still would not allow Officer Carney to handcuff him, Officer Piland struck the teen with his knee and with an open palm. Officer Clouthier was then able to handcuff Johnson but, Ciesielski said, Piland struck the teen again.
Some of the knee strikes from Piland aimed for the teen's shoulders may have hit his head instead.
The chief said once officers had Johnson in custody, there was no further action necessary to subdue him and that was why Piland was fired.
"Any use of force, such as what Officer Piland did in continuing with palm strikes was inappropriate. Clearly, the line was crossed," said Ciesielski.
Sgt. Shaughnessy, the supervisor on the scene, was not directly involved with the struggle with Johnson, but did present his stun gun to control the crowd.
Ciesielski also added that Officer Clouthier's actions were "exemplary" during the incident.
Officer Lettinga was reprimanded for her arrest of another person, Xavier Lewis, who was verbally objecting to the arrest of Johnson's brother, Vincent. The investigation revealed that person was on his own property while he objected.
The Fraternal Order of Police said after the announcement they plan to fight the officer's firing.
"We're not backing down, we're not stopping. This will go through the courts, if it has to," said FOP President Bill Owensby. "I'm not privy to all the facts in the investigation, but I guarantee you what happened did not warrant termination."
The termination from Ciesielski is only a recommendation, which has to go before a review board to be finalized.
"I am confident that, upon review, the investigation and its findings will stand," said Straub.
The prosecutor's office announced earlier this week that Brandon Johnson would not be charged for his actions.
Straub apologized to the Johnson family and the community and praised the officers who acted appropriately.
"I apologize to Mr. Johnson, to his family and to the community for the actions taken during this incident," he said. "Sometimes, we get things right. Sometimes, we get things wrong."
Statement from Mayor Ballard
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard issued the following statement after Thursday's announcement:
"The internal investigation spearheaded by Director Straub and Chief Ciesielski balanced the real and legitimate concerns of the Indianapolis community with the need to be fair to the officers involved and thorough in its examination of the facts. Public safety can only be job one if the police act within the letter of the law, the guidelines of their training, and our fellow citizens and public safety officers treat each other with mutual respect.
"This incident is an indictment of neither the courage and bravery of our police force, nor the spirit of our neighborhoods. I support the conclusions of the internal investigation and the disciplinary recommendations."
Officer Piland's history
Piland was a three-and-a-half year veteran of the department. His service record included commendations and no reprimands.
Early in his career with IMPD, Piland was on the scene of the pursuit and police action shooting of suspect Brian Reese in July 2008. Fellow officer and friend Jason Fishburn was shot and has life-changing injuries. Piland was one of the first to find Officer Fishburn.
Last November, Piland spoke to Eyewitness News about that incident.
"Jason was just, he was just laying there unconscious, not doing well. You know, barely breathing and we had to take care of him and, uh, get him packaged up so we could get him to the hospital so he could have the best chance he could at living," Piland said.
Piland's problems may not be over. The FBI is running a concurrent investigation to see if Johnson's civil rights were violated.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:42 PM EST2013-12-12 00:42:56 GMT
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof. Sources tell Eyewitness News a plan is in the works that would consolidateMore >>
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-11-27 23:21:46 GMT
It's a case that has baffled police for decades. On November 17th, 2013, it will be 35 years since four young workers were kidnapped from the Speedway Burger Chef and killed. There were four victimsMore >>
It's one of the state's most heinous crimes. 35 years later, the Burger Chef murder case is still unsolved. Now, Eyewitness News has uncovered a new theory connected to the investigation that focuses on another Burger Chef restaurant.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-12-11 03:45:01 GMT
There are major changes ahead for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track. TheMore >>
Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:50 AM EST2013-12-11 07:50:40 GMT
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. The jackpot is approaching a new record for Friday night, estimated at $400 million. The winning numbers forMore >>
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:00 AM EST2013-12-11 05:00:46 GMT
Metro Police are investigating a home break-in, in which thieves stole Christmas from an east side Indianapolis family.Anita Barnes says faith and family are the heart of the holidays.She decorated herMore >>
Metro police are investigating a home break-in in which thieves stole Christmas from an east Indianapolis family.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:49 AM EST2013-12-11 10:49:15 GMT
A Greenwood family escaped from a fire overnight in the 800 block of Ramblin Road. White River Township Fire Department was assisted by Greenwood Fire in fighting the building fire. The family ofMore >>
Greenwood family of four escapes building fire overnight.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:23 PM EST2013-12-11 01:23:04 GMT
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Stephanie Hicks was charged TuesdayMore >>
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-10 23:37:33 GMT
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough. Parc Bordeaux Apartments residents are fed up with thieves who have repeatedly targeted their complex. The most recentMore >>
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:28 PM EST2013-12-11 17:28:11 GMT
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion. The Ireland-based company was spun off from Ingersoll Rand last week. It willMore >>
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion.More >>