Demoted IMPD officers consider legal action

Darryl Pierce, Ron Hicks and John Conley

Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Newly-obtained video shows an IMPD officer charged in a deadly crash just moments after he turned himself in at the jail. Three of his former high-ranking bosses are now strongly considering legal action after being demoted.

Marion County deputies escorted K-9 Officer David Bisard through the entire booking process. The video shows Bisard getting photographed and later fingerprinted. The Bisard investigation has cost high-ranking officers big money and positions. City officials cited a lack of leadership and communication as reasons for the demotions.

Commander John Conley, Assistant Police Chief Darryl Pierce and Deputy Chief Ronald Hicks were demoted last week.

Now former public safety director and attorney Robert Turner represents Conley, who was demoted from his position as Homeland Security Bureau commander, Darryl Pierce, demoted from assistant chief of police and Turner could soon represent Ron Hicks, demoted from Chief of Operations.

"I, as their representative, am going to ask the mayor to look at this. I just think that the mayor should look at this," said Turner.

"This was a big mistake and a misjudgment that does not look good publicly," said Turner.

The salary for Pierce went from $111,000 to $71,000, almost a $40,000 hit. Hicks lost almost $35,000 and Conley's salary dropped by more than $25,000.

Prosecutors say on August 6th, Bisard crashed his cruiser into two motorcycles, killing Eric Wells and injuring two others. Bisard's blood alcohol content reportedly measured .19, but DUI-related charges were dropped due to improper blood draw procedures.

Public Safety Director Frank Straub and Police Chief Paul Ciesielski made the demotions, saying the trio failed to do their job at crash scene. But their attorney labels the demotions something else.

Turner says the city "slandered these officers and also seriously harmed their professional careers as police officers."

Although Turner hopes to clear up who his clients talked to at the crash scene, he also wants the mayor to look into why his clients left the scene in the first place.

"They were never on the scene for the entire time. They were in fact called to a meeting about the public safety director's public image," said Turner.

The Bisard investigation is ongoing with more yet to come about before and after the crash. Attorney Robert Turner says if he is not satisfied with the review by the mayor, he has not ruled out taking further legal action on behalf of his clients.