Officer suspended over Brizzi report

Carl Brizzi, Marion County prosecutor
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Kris Kirschner/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Metro Police have issued results of an internal investigation involving Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's security detail. The investigation resulted in the department suspending one of Brizzi's security officers.

When Carl Brizzi goes out in public, he is often protected by off-duty IMPD detectives. That was the case in October 2008, when during a golf fundraiser for Brizzi's campaign, a golf cart driven by Brizzi crashed as he was trying to avoid a collision with a vehicle.

A member of his security team also in the cart was injured. But in the police report filed by IMPD supervisor Sgt. Michael Thayer, there was no mention that Brizzi was driving the cart.

An IMPD investigation launched by public safety director Frank Straub found that although Thayer later learned Brizzi was indeed behind the wheel, he never amended the report. As a result, Thayer is suspended without pay for one day and has been reassigned within the department.

In a release sent out Tuesday afternoon from the Public Safety Office, Straub went on to say IMPD personnel assigned to protect Brizzi will be security detail only and will not conduct investigations.

Brizzi's office sent out a response saying, "While we were not directly involved in these reviews or decisions, we will follow the new procedures and protocols put into place."

Brizzi, who is not running for re-election, has been under fire for his relationship with Tim Durham, who is under investigation by the FBI. Brizzi is also under scrutiny because of his relationship with a defense attorney whose clients received plea deals.

Although he's not been charged with any crime or ethics violations, he has been called by members of his own party to resign, something Brizzi has said he will not do.

The Public Safety Director would not go into detail about the results of the investigation. Eyewitness News was not able to reach the supervisor suspended in the case. The department has reassigned Thayer to IMPD's crime reduction initiative.