Mayor Ballard promises accountability from IMPD

Mayor Greg Ballard at a news conference Thursday.

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said that if there needs to be more cleaning house in IMPD's ranks in the wake of the David Bisard case, it will happen.

"I'm well past angry on this one. Well past angry," Ballard said in a news conference Thursday. "We are holding people accountable for their actions and we will continue to be open and transparent even though it hurts."

Part of that transparency involves the FBI coming in to investigate.

Ballard and Public Safety Director Frank Straub spoke publicly Thursday night, addressing the fallout from actions officers took after the crash.

"This hurts credibility," Ballard said. "I don't think there's much question about that. This hurts credibility within the police department."

Straub said the FBI would help get to the bottom of how and why the crash investigation went so wrong.

"Cacooning, the blue wall of silence," he said. "That's not going to be tolerated and the walls not going to stand."

Mayor Ballard added, "When they put that uniform on in the morning, it better mean something to them.  'Cause it means something to me when they put it on.  And they better get it right."

But the injured victims have been unaware of how this has all been playing out. Bruce Kehoe, attorney for Kurt Weekly, one of the critically injured bikers, says his client is still in a coma at Methodist Hospital.

"He's better," Kehoe said. "He's moving his limbs, which is a good thing. But he's still comatose."

Kehoe said that just because the blood draw evidence has been thrown out criminally, it will not affect Weekly's rights to use the blood alcohol level in any civil proceedings. But he also said that getting civil justice may not be enough.

"Damages are capped at $700,000. That doesn't take care of Kurt Weekly," he said.

Kehoe is considering the federal route, arguing Weekly's civil rights were violated, and he questions how the crash investigation was handled.

"It's the fellow police officers who were there that were in the position to determine probable cause," he said. "It just creates, I think, an air of suspicion."

And while Kehoe and the public are questioning whether the steps taken by officers on scene after the crash were simply mistakes or part of a cover up, they're not the only ones.

"The mayor's wondering the same thing," Ballard said Thursday. "We'll have to let the investigation play out."

FBI investigators are set to meet with IMPD Friday and begin their work.

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