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City County Council could take on investigation into Bisard case

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Officer David Bisard on the day of the crash Officer David Bisard on the day of the crash
City County Council member Joanne Sanders City County Council member Joanne Sanders

Indianapolis - The Indianapolis City-County Council could soon start its own investigation into the IMPD case involving former officer David Bisard.

A vote could come as early as Tuesday night on taking the step to form their own investigative committee.

The council says their number one goal is to find out whether the police department is sharing as much information as they can with the public or if they're hiding something.

Last month, David Bisard crashed his police cruiser into a group of motorcyclists, killing one and severely injuring two others.

Since then, accusations have been made that other members of the police department did not follow proper procedures in an attempt to protect Bisard.

Joanne Sanders is one of the council members leading the charge for an investigative committee, she says she understands if parts of the criminal investigation are kept confidential to preserve the integrity of the case, but Sanders says what she and other members of the council want to know is how the dialogue went between Bisard, his fellow officers and their supervisors after the crash occurred.

Sanders says the public was confused by all the different reports that came out in the days following the crash and they'd like to form a committee to sort through all the confusion.

"We have three officers that were demoted based on allegations made relative to what they did on that day. We also have other people saying they should not have been demoted. So somewhere between the two stands is information that qualifies those positions and those are the kinds of things we feel like we need to look at," Sanders said.

The ordinance for the city council to form its own investigative committee will be brought before the rules committee Tuesday night.

It has to pass out of that committee in order for it to go to the full council for a vote.

There is a chance that it could take that next step as early as Wednesday, but there is speculation that some council members won't let it go that far this soon because they don't want to see the proposal advance until the other investigations, including the FBI investigation, are complete.

Sanders says even the FBI is saying they can't reveal any information that's part of the investigation,

"I don't know what the FBI is covering. I'm not sure if the FBI is covering it so what we would like to look at is the way the communication was shared. The communication that existed within the leadership of IMPD on the day of that unfortunate accident," Sanders said.

Sanders says in finding out where things went wrong the committee can then make recommendations to the council to keep it from happening again.

This ordinance is separate from the one that's being put together by a bipartisan committee to look at changing law enforcement policies and an initiative to form an independent investigative unit within the Marion County prosecutor's office.

This investigative committee would have the authority to hire attorneys and subpoena individuals to testify.

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