Thursday, December 12 2013 9:09 PM EST2013-12-13 02:09:06 GMT
A pedestrian was struck and killed in Franklin Thursday night. Franklin firefighters confirmed the accident on US 31 between Acorn Road and Schoolhouse Road. The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday. TheMore >>
A pedestrian was struck and killed in Franklin Thursday night.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:43 PM EST2013-12-13 01:43:13 GMT
Someone has again anonymously dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in a central Indiana city. Salvation Army Capt. Dale Brandenburg says the South African coin was foundMore >>
Someone has again anonymously dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in a central Indiana city.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:40 PM EST2013-12-13 01:40:40 GMT
An Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in which an accomplice was fatally shot by the FBI has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson sentencedMore >>
An Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in which an accomplice was fatally shot by the FBI has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:33 PM EST2013-12-13 01:33:19 GMT
Bishops representing Indiana's five Roman Catholic dioceses have issued a pastoral letter in response to a proposal to add a ban on gay marriage to the state constitution, but didn't take a side. TheMore >>
Bishops representing Indiana's five Roman Catholic dioceses have issued a pastoral letter in response to a proposal to add a ban on gay marriage to the state constitution, but didn't take a side.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:23 PM EST2013-12-13 00:23:47 GMT
Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating the shooting of a child on the city's west side. Officers were called to a home in the 1100 block of W. 27th St. just east of Riverside Park. The child wasMore >>
Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating the shooting of a child on the city's west side.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:02 PM EST2013-12-13 00:02:44 GMT
Police in Noblesville are warning citizens about scams surrounding the death of a 16-year-old high school student. Police say they have received several questions about fundraising efforts allegedly setMore >>
Police in Noblesville are warning citizens about scams surrounding the death of a 16-year-old high school student.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 6:50 PM EST2013-12-12 23:50:59 GMT
The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber's Republicans. The 332-94 vote sendsMore >>
The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber's Republicans.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 6:50 PM EST2013-12-12 23:50:07 GMT
A case of mistaken identity cost an Indianapolis man his freedom and much more. He ended up behind bars after learning police had a warrant for his arrest for trying to kill another man. This case ofMore >>
A case of mistaken identity cost an Indianapolis man his freedom and much more. He ended up behind bars after learning police had a warrant for his arrest for trying to kill another man.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 6:05 PM EST2013-12-12 23:05:03 GMT
The Avon Community School Corporation says it's investigating a case of "inappropriate social media activity" involving high school students. Bill Weems, deputy chief of Avon PD, says his department wasMore >>
The Avon Community School Corporation says it's investigating a case of "inappropriate social media activity" involving high school students.More >>
Indianapolis - Community leaders are reacting to a decision by the Civilian Merit Board to allow an IMPD officer to keep his job.
The board ruled 6-1 in favor of keeping Officer Jerry Piland on the Indianapolis Metro Police force. That's despite Chief Paul Ciesielski's wish to terminate him.
Piland was accused of using excessive force in the beating arrest of 15-year-old Brandon Johnson in May 2010. He got the news from his mother when he came home from school Friday.
"I'm not happy at all. I'm kind of scared for my life that Piland got his job back. I'm a little disappointed," he said.
Johnson's mother also spoke to Eyewitness News about the merit board's decision, saying she was "disgusted" by it.
"I feel probably as disfigured as my son's face was when this incident happened," Chandler said.
Johnson's mother says she was expecting the board not to vote for termination.
"I expected it. I did. There wasn't a whole lot of support from people that were leaders, or considered leaders," she said.
"The prosecutor said that neither of Ms. Chandler's sons did anything that rose to the level of being a crime. They were not charged," said Mmoja Ajabu, the family's spiritual adviser. "So, in essence, what you're looking at is this system justifying beating a child who didn't commit a crime."
She feels that IMPD leadership has not been supportive, and she believes that it was a racial issue.
"Just some of the names my son was being called as he was being assaulted," she said.
Chandler said there was a lot that didn't come out in the testimony at the hearing, including the names her son was called when he was assaulted.
"There was a lot of stuff that didn't come out that should have," she said.
Johnson's mother had a message for the merit board that gave Piland his job back.
"I hope injustice doesn't knock at their door," Chandler said. "I hope their children are safe at night and feel safe around the police."
Pastor Richard Willoughby, Promised Land Christian Church, says the ruling is indicative of the "good old boy" system at work.
Willoughby said the officers who testified at the hearing adjusted their stories to protect Officer Piland. The pastor is calling for change within the police department.
Willoughby believes a culture has been created where officers are afraid to tell the truth for fear of retaliation. He thinks this case is a perfect example of why that needs to change.
"I was hurt. I felt like I wasted a whole lot of time thinking that we was gonna get a little justice today. I was really hurt, and based on the testimony that I heard for 15 and a half hours, I really see now that the police officers see themselves as a family versus part of the community. And it's almost like a community versus the police officers thing going on," he said.
The case captured national attention with a visit from the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Congressman Andre Carson released this statement:
"As a leader and concerned citizen in our community, I am deeply troubled by this morning's decision by the police merit board, which I fear will further erode an already frayed relationship between IMPD and the Indianapolis community.
"We cannot have safer streets if our citizens do not trust the very people who are sworn to protect and serve them. As a former law enforcement officer, I know the boundaries that officers must work within in order to defuse situations. My chief concern with this case is the message it sends about that fine line between appropriate force and excessive force. Does this ruling signal that restraint should not be a chief consideration when the police engage members of the public? That's a disturbing question that must be answered after this morning's decision.
"Mayor Ballard, Chief Ciesielski and Public Safety Director Frank Straub must ramp up their work with IMPD and members of the community to ensure that the circumstances surrounding the Brandon Johnson case are not repeated ever again.
"Residents of Indianapolis have a right to be upset. My hope is that we express our concerns in a strong but peaceful way, with a focus on solving - not escalating - the problems before us. Our best hope in moving our city forward is to work together with all levels of leadership within IMPD, local government and the community."
Tanya Bell, President and C.E.O. of Indiana Black Expo, Inc., issued the following statement:
"I am displeased with the Merit Board's decision not to uphold Chief Ciesielski's decision to terminate Officer Piland. Police officers do not have a license to use force by any means, regardless of the circumstances, and justice demands more restrictions on the rights of police officers. I hope today's ruling does not cause us to take two steps backwards in our efforts to establish better police and community relations in this city."
Dr. Stephen J. Clay, President of the Baptist Minister's Alliance, issued this statement:
"The Baptist Minister's Alliance and other religious and civic community leaders are sickened by the reprehensible and ridiculous decision handed down by the Merit Board under the cover of darkness early this morning. The action taken by the IMPD Merit Board in the Brandon Johnson case is the headstone on the grave of trust for IMPD with many in our community.
We believe that this unprecedented 'production of shame,' much like a movie made for Hollywood, was constructed with this end in mind. There are no real surprises in this production, just more victims and increased polarization in our community.
Until we have a Mayor that cares as much about Public Safety as he does about Economic Development we can brace ourselves for more of the same. If Mayor Ballard is disappointed with the determination made by the Merit Board and if he is not a co-producer in this "production of shame," then give us some substantial leadership.
We have a police department where the morale has no heart-beat and a Public Safety Director whose management style is more polarizing that productive.
This recent decision by the IMPD Merit Board sends a clear signal to police officers that it's okay to use excessive force and even deadly force on our youth. The reward for excessive force and police misconduct is that the Merit Board will determine that officer's actions will be sustained, back pay will be reinstated and they can return to duty ASAP!
There are some in this city that will contend that this is primarily about race. While race is a factor in this matter, we believe the larger issue is about a system and a process that is corrupt and has been since its construction.
Finally, we must caution the family of the late Eric Wells and other families victimized by the poor judgment of Officer David Bisard to brace yourselves and get ready to have your grief and injuries compounded by a corrupt system that is designed to exonerate its own.
Thursday, December 12 2013 5:29 PM EST2013-12-12 22:29:58 GMT
A woman who pleaded guilty in the death of her seven-year-old son will learn her sentence this afternoon. Jessica Rogers, who was 29 when she was arrested after the Dec. 8, 2012 fatal fire, pleaded guiltyMore >>
A woman who pleaded guilty in the death of her seven-year-old son has been sentenced to four years in prison, to be followed by two years of probation.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 12:18 PM EST2013-12-12 17:18:18 GMT
The wife of an Iraqi war veteran shot to death when he tried to buy an iPad on Craigslist is speaking out for the first time. In an interview with the Daily Mail online, Jamie Vester says she warned herMore >>
The wife of an Iraqi war veteran shot to death when he tried to buy an iPad on Craigslist is speaking out for the first time.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-11-27 23:21:46 GMT
It's a case that has baffled police for decades. On November 17th, 2013, it will be 35 years since four young workers were kidnapped from the Speedway Burger Chef and killed. There were four victimsMore >>
It's one of the state's most heinous crimes. 35 years later, the Burger Chef murder case is still unsolved. Now, Eyewitness News has uncovered a new theory connected to the investigation that focuses on another Burger Chef restaurant.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:45 AM EST2013-12-12 15:45:38 GMT
A man that had been shot in his vehicle drove to the Indianapolis Fire station at 5520 East 38th Street around 11 PM last night. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were at the shootingMore >>
A man who had been shot in his vehicle drove to the Indianapolis Fire station at 5520 East 38th Street around 11:00 pm Wednesday night. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:28 PM EST2013-12-11 23:28:45 GMT
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew. Sunday's replay reversal, which gave the Bengals a touchdown, was a mistake. On Tuesday night, Dean Blandino, theMore >>
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 2:38 AM EST2013-12-12 07:38:28 GMT
Indianapolis Fire Department was called to a house fire overnight at 2733 Fairfax Road, while dealing with slick streets and the cold. The fire was a chimney fire, but when the firefighters left the scene,More >>
Indianapolis Fire Department was called to a house fire overnight at 2733 Fairfax Road, while dealing with slick streets and the cold.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:33 AM EST2013-12-12 12:33:55 GMT
Customers of Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) were without power overnight during the cold weather. The downtown Indianapolis area has 238 customers without power and another 42 on the south sideMore >>
Indianapolis Power and Light and Duke Energy customers without power overnight.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-11 23:15:22 GMT
An Indianapolis pastor has been convicted of child molestation. A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday. Jetter had been working as a pastor at the Pilgrim Chapel MissionaryMore >>
A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:23 AM EST2013-12-12 16:23:57 GMT
Indianapolis Power and Light blames the cold weather for scattered power outages Thursday morning. A power line in Pike Township that was previously struck by lightning froze this morning. It broke, causingMore >>
Indianapolis Power and Light blames the cold weather for scattered power outages Thursday morning.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:42 PM EST2013-12-12 04:42:24 GMT
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow. Overnight temperatures will be in the range of 1 to -4 degrees. Wind chills will be evenMore >>
By late evening Wednesday, some parts of central Indiana have temperatures in the single digits and wind chills nearing 10 below zero.More >>