South Bend officer faces possible termination
SOUTH BEND, Jan 16, 2013 (South Bend Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
South Bend Interim Police Chief Chuck Hurley has recommended that a police officer accused of interfering with an internal investigation and a criminal case be fired.
Patrolman Theodore Robert is accused of investigating a case to which he was not assigned. He reportedly went to the 7-11 store at 1827 Miami St. twice in October and asked for video surveillance footage that was being used as part of a police internal investigation.
Prior to Robert making the trip, the clerk at the 7-11 had reportedly filed a police report claiming two officers, neither of whom was Robert, slashed his tires -- prompting the investigation. It was later revealed that someone other than the police officers admitted to the tire slashing, although Robert did not know that at the time he went to the 7-11, Hurley said Wednesday.
Hurley said he could not release what Robert's possible motives were and why he wanted the video. Robert, an officer since 2006, is also accused of violating the department's code of ethics, using his position as a police officer to get information, lying to the department's internal affairs officer and publicly criticizing the department.
Robert can contest Hurley's recommendation before the South Bend Board of Pubic Safety votes on the matter.
Robert was suspended in 2010 after he was accused of using unnecessary force when he punched a man in the right eye as he transported him to the St. Joseph County Jail.
Staff writer Tom Moor: email@example.com 574-235-6234
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