Demoted South Bend police chief files tort notice

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A demoted South Bend police chief has filed a tort claim notice with the city indicating he may file a lawsuit.

WSBT-TV reports Darryl Boykins' attorney, Tom Dixon, filed the claim on Tuesday. It claims Boykins' demotion to captain was racially motivated. Boykins was the first black police chief in South Bend.

Boykins resigned in late March. When he tried to rescind that resignation a day later, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said it was too late. Dixon said at the time that the resignation was forced and done under duress.

It came amid an investigation into the police department using computer software to record and archive phone calls to emergency, dispatch and up to 10 additional lines.

The city has 90 days to respond.

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