Officer found guilty of stealing from drivers during traffic stops

Ofc. David Butler
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A suspended IMPD officer was found guilty on robbery and misconduct charges Thursday after an investigation that he stole from drivers he pulled over.

Officer David Butler was found guilty on two counts each of official misconduct and robbery, according to a spokesperson from the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

The convictions represent the victimization of two individuals, though a 2011 affidavit alleged at least three traffic stops involving Latino men, where Butler stole more than $1,200 during traffic stops. The victims said Butler threatened to arrest the men for driver's license violations.

"Officer Butler does not represent nor is he indicative of all the hard working men and women of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, we work within and most importantly respect our judicial system and the jury has spoken," IMPD Chief Rick Hite said Thursday in a release.

A 2011 review of Butler's records showed a history of suspensions and discipline before the traffic stop allegations.

Butler will be sentenced February 22. He is facing 2-16 years in prison for the crimes.

The officer is currently suspended, pending termination.