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Former SB Public Safety Board President addresses Council on Teachman ISP Report


The former President of South Bend's Public Safety Board, Pat Cottrell, resigned from his post after Mayor Buttigieg decided not to discipline Chief of Police Ron Teachman.

It was in regard to an incident that happened at the King Center back in April that led to an ISP investigation. Teachman was accused of not backing up a fellow officer who called for help in breaking up a fight.

Monday, Cottrell addressed the Common Council, asking members to investigate the matter further. 

"Believe me, you need to investigate not only what happened that night in April at the King Center, but also Chief Teachman's answers to the questions about what happened that night. When you do, then you will agree with the two Board of Safety members who asked for his resignation," says Cottrell.

Cottrell says the Mayor has released some details about the investigation. That Teachman may have been in the restroom when Lieutenant David Newton called for backup.

"Mayor, you can't have it both ways. You can't refuse to give the public answers to all the questions and facts that happened that night and the subsequent ISP investigation, but then tell the public part of the information to justify your bad decision," says Cottrell.

Cottrell says the Mayor's decision not to discipline Teachman was based on politics, and that three members on the board agreed Teachman did something wrong when he didn't respond to Newton's call. Cottrell says two called for his resignation and the third didn't recommend any punishment.

Newton, addressed the Council at its last meeting, asking members to get a copy of the ISP report

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