Friday, May 24 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:10:33 GMT
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night. Now the Pacers are looking for a split on the road in MiamiMore >>
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:47:38 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:30:56 GMT
The City of Indianapolis has fired two employees facing a federal indictment over the Indy Land Bank scandal. In a press release Friday, the city said it terminated Reggie Walton and John Hawkins. ReggieMore >>
In a press release Friday, the city said it terminated Reggie Walton and John Hawkins.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:14 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:14:00 GMT
Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap on Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday at 225.8 mph. There was no time to waste when the track opened at 11:00 am. All 33 drivers were out Friday. RyanMore >>
Ryan Briscoe's car briefly caught on fire during Friday's practice. The safety crew put it out and Briscoe got out safely. He should still be okay to race on Sunday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:50 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:50:26 GMT
A recent increase in dog attacks on Indiana letter carriers has prompted the U.S. Postal Service to urge the state's dog owners to do a better job of keeping their canines under control. The Postal ServiceMore >>
A recent increase in dog attacks on Indiana letter carriers has prompted the U.S. Postal Service to urge the state's dog owners to do a better job of keeping their canines under control.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:59 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:59:34 GMT
A new Indiana law that will create standards of care and open opportunities for midwives is winning praise from supporters of home births. The Journal & Courier reports the law will require new regulationsMore >>
A new Indiana law that will create standards of care and open opportunities for midwives is winning praise from supporters of home births.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:55:02 GMT
Plenty of race fans will travel to Indianapolis this holiday weekend. But nationwide, the American Automobile Association predicts travel will be down slightly compared to last year. In fact, air travelMore >>
Plenty of race fans will travel to Indianapolis this holiday weekend. But nationwide, the American Automobile Association predicts travel will be down slightly compared to last year. In fact, air travel is expected drop off all summer.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:31 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:31:18 GMT
The 500 Festival Memorial Service gets underway at noon in downtown Indianapolis. The solemn ceremony honors the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the United States. Notable guestMore >>
The 500 Festival Memorial Service gets underway at noon in downtown Indianapolis. The solemn ceremony honors the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the United States.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:47 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:47:34 GMT
The American Legion says it's allocating $1 million to veterans affected by the Oklahoma tornado. The Indianapolis-based veterans organization announced this week the money will be used to cover relocationMore >>
The American Legion says it's allocating $1 million to veterans affected by the Oklahoma tornado.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.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.
Friday, May 24 2013 6:12 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:12:19 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
A pedestrian was struck and killed by an IMPD officer in his police car on the east side of Indianapolis Thursday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:55:15 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:04 AM EDT2013-05-24 07:04:34 GMT
Police say there are cars in the water where an interstate bridge collapsed north of Seattle Thursday night. Washington State Patrol told affiliate KING-TV the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit RiverMore >>
Police say there are no fatalities after cars fell into a Washington river after an interstate bridge collapsed north of Seattle Thursday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:15 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:15:20 GMT
Indianapolis has slipped one spot among the nation's most populous cities to No. 13. The U.S. Census Bureau says new census estimates show the Circle City slipped from No. 12 during the year that endedMore >>
Indianapolis has slipped one spot among the nation's most populous cities to No. 13.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:34 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:34:10 GMT
Indiana State Police want the public's help in looking out for items outdoors possibly linked to the slaying of an 85-year-old retired farmer in rural western Indiana nearly six months ago. DetectivesMore >>
Indiana State Police want the public's help in looking out for items outdoors possibly linked to the slaying of an 85-year-old retired farmer in rural western Indiana nearly six months ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:54 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:54:25 GMT
A woman suffered only minor injuries after getting stuck under a semi while driving on Interstate 70 Thursday evening. State police say the woman was driving west on I-70 when she lost control for unknownMore >>
A woman suffered a laceration on her arm and other injuries after getting stuck under a semi while driving on Interstate 70 Thursday evening.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 07:30:19 GMT
Shoppers in the U.S. will soon have more information about where their meat comes from after new federal labeling rules went into effect Thursday. The rules require labels on steaks, ribs and other cutsMore >>
Shoppers in the U.S. will soon have more information about where their meat comes from after new federal labeling rules went into effect Thursday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:17 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:17:03 GMT
The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for Sunday. But today could be called the official kickoff of race weekend. "Carb Day" at the Motor Speedway signals the final practice for the drivers whoMore >>
Today could be called the official kickoff of race weekend. "Carb Day" at the Motor Speedway signals the final practice for the drivers who will line up for Sunday's Indy 500.More >>