Indianapolis reaches settlement with officers demoted after Bisard crash
The case of suspended Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Bisard is costing the city of Indianapolis more money.
The city has reached a settlement with three officers demoted after the crash in 2010 that killed a biker and severely injured two others.
13 Investigates talks with those who helped reach the deal to end the latest civil suit in the Bisard case and we find out why the Chief of Police is now looking into removing Bisard from the department as soon as possible.
"They failed in their investigation, or in following proper procedures," said Frank Straub in August 2010, blasting high-ranking command officers who were on the scene of the David Bisard crash.
The officers who were publicly reprimanded and demoted - Darryl Pierce, Ron Hicks and John Conley - are closing the book on the last civil lawsuit connected to the deadly drunk driving case of Officer David Bisard.
The city confirms it has settled a joint lawsuit, allowing the officers to split $175,000.
More specific terms of the deal remain confidential.
"This was never a matter of money to me. I don't think it was a matter of money to any of the three. They felt that their professional reputations were harmed," explained Bob Turner, one of the attorneys heading up the lawsuit for the officers.
Yet there was no public apology.
"I think reappointment and other things that happened following this lawsuit were apology enough," said Turner.
"Do they believe that?" asked 13 Investigates.
"Based on their acceptance of it, I would say so," responded Turner.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite says it's about restoring dignity and fairness.
"We recognized the value of those who were demoted and we saw fit to bring them back and restore them to their prominence," he said.
Under a new public safety director, John Conley was promoted to Commander at the Southeast district, Meanwhile Ron Hicks is now the Assistant Chief.
"I think that that affirms that obviously they didn't do anything wrong," said Turner, a former city public safety director himself. He told 13 Investigates that Pierce, Hicks and Conley did their jobs based on the protocols in place at the time of Bisard's crash.
"Any allegation that there was a cover up to protect David Bisard is simply not true," said Turner.
He says they were made scapegoats by then-Director Frank Straub, who called Pierce (who is now retired) away from the Bisard crash scene to talk about Straub's own personal image problems.
Chief Hite says this is the first step in releasing the grip the Bisard case has had on IMPD.
For the first time since Bisard's second arrest over the weekend, Hite confirms he is looking at options to expedite Bisard's termination sooner rather than later.
"We're moving expeditiously, looking at what our options are in terms of that, making sure we fall within the law but we are pushing forward to bring this to a closure once and for all." he said emphasizing "once and for all."
Chief Hite added that the FOP's decision to withdraw its financial support from Officer Bisard, reaffirms a combined city effort to redefine the department's image. He said that image should reflect the majority of officers who do their jobs well everyday.