Bisard case: Victim's family sends new letter

Kurt Weekly.

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More than three weeks after the crash that left him critically injured, photos show Kurt Weekly in his hospital bed, still in a semi-comatose state.

According to his lawyer, Weekly will be moved from Methodist Hospital to a long-term care facility with 24-hour skilled nursing care.
Now, Weekly's attorney Bruce Kehoe has filed a tort claim notice with Indianapolis. Weekly's family is asking for more than the state maximum of $700,000 to pay for what the claim lists as Weekly's personal injuries, incurred medical expenses, lost wages, and pain, suffering and mental anguish because of the crash.

Eyewitness News obtained a copy of a new letter from the mother of Eric Wells, the man killed in the August 6th crash. The letter sent to the president of the Civilian Police Merit Board questions the criteria for firing an officer.

Wells takes issue with the procedure to wait for the criminal case against Bisard to run its course before making a decision whether to follow the chief's recommendation to fire Officer Bisard.  

She writes: "This man dishonored the department, dishonored the badge and the laws he swore to uphold." And she asks: "Why should he be allowed to resign instead of getting fired?"

She goes on to write: "He did not have any regard for life and he did not do what he was sworn as a police officer to do."

If Bisard is convicted of a felony in a court of law, he would no longer be able to work as a police officer. If he's acquitted, the merit board would still have to consider the chief's recommendation.

"Typically, if the chief is going to recommend termination of an officer, he feels like he's got some pretty solid evidence in support for that recommendation and most of the time they are usually carried out," Civilian Police Merit Board's Joe Slash said.

Democrats on the City-County Council are calling for a larger bi-partisan investigation by council members into how metro police and the leadership handled the officer Bisard crash investigation.

"It's been three weeks. We get inconsistent and delayed, often times contradictory, information," Councilor Brian Mahem said. "The public deserves better than that and we are prepared to assist in that matter."

But Council President Ryan Vaughn calls it political maneuvering.

"I think it would interfere with the criminal investigation," Vaughn said. "After the case is concluded, if there are still remaining questions that need to be answered certainly that's appropriate. But as councilors we're not micro-managers of incidents that take place. We're not public safety managers, we're policy makers."

 A resolution to form a bi-partisan investigative committee will be proposed at the September 20th City-County Council meeting. It would need 15 votes to pass.

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