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Mayor will not discipline South Bend Police Chief


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will not discipline South Bend Police Chief Ronald Teachman following an Indiana State Police investigation.

The investigation was into reports that Teachman did not help officers break up a fight in April at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

Mayor Buttigieg met with the city's Board of Public Safety about the report in an executive session Wednesday morning.

"I have concluded that there was no violation of the duty manual and no disciplinary action is appropriate," said Mayor Buttigieg in a statement. "I appreciate the effort that was made in researching this matter in order to show we take all resident concerns seriously."

The Mayor says a majority of the Board believe no disciplinary action is necessary.

There have been calls for the Mayor to release the confidential report. "I think it's really important at a time like this to balance the importance of transparency with the importance of privacy," the Mayor said on Tuesday. "As you know, this administration doesn't generally share records related to personnel decisions or anything like that."

In a letter to Common Council member Karen White, the Mayor says he and the Chief agree this could be used as a teaching moment in the department. The Mayor says the Chief has offered to speak with "rank-and-file" officers in the coming weeks "to ensure that officers continually seek ways to go above and beyond the requirements of the law and the duty manual."

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