FOP to pay for Bisard's legal defense

David Bisard
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Emily Longnecker/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - The Fraternal Order of Police will still foot the bill for Officer David Bisard's legal defense. The controversial decision came down Thursday night.

200 of the FOP's more than 2,000 members gathered at the meeting to decide if the FOP should pay the legal bills of Officer David Bisard.

Bisard crashed his police cruiser into a group of motorcyclists last August while he was responding to a call. Eric Wells was killed and two others were critically injured.

Thursday, a motion was made to withdraw that legal assistance. That motion did not pass. FOP President Bill Owensby would not say what the vote was.

According to Owensby, Officer Bisard was at the meeting, but Owensby wouldn't say if Bisard addressed the members.

"The legal bill of this lodge is paid for by the members. It's not paid for by any donations. It's paid for strictly by the dues the officers pay. Any donations that the lodge gets goes strictly to the Shop with a Cop at the end of the year where we assist disadvantaged families at Christmas time," said Owensby.

"In our opinion, if that's what we want to spend our money on, that's what we want to spend our money on," he added.

Officer Bisard is currently suspended without pay from IMPD.

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