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Activist group opposes lawsuit against South Bend and councilman

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A citizen action group led by Mario Sims publicly voiced their opposition to a lawsuit filed by four St. Joseph County police officers against the city and Councilman Henry Davis Jr.

People Uniting for a Better Government, Inc. (PUBG) claimed that the lawsuit was an attempt to "chill the 1st Amendment rights of public officials," "unjustifiably feed off taxpayer funds," and "obscure the truth about the tape contents."  The tape contents mentioned are phone conversations recorded by the South bend Police Department. 

The controversy over the tapes has already led to former-Police Chief Daryl Boykins' demotion and two settled lawsuits with the city.  Mario Sims has been speaking out to get the tapes released since the beginning of the controversy.

The current lawsuit against Davis and the City of South Bend involves officers Tim Corbett, Steve Richmond, Dave Wells, and Brian Young.  They claim that Davis shared information on the tapes with public illegally. 

The recorded phone conversations have never been played publicly.  Mayor Buttigieg has said it would be illegal for even him to listen to the tapes.

In addition to opposing the lawsuit, PUBG also reiterated their desire to have the tapes released, and called for the firing of South Bend Police Officer Aaron Knepper for a matter unrelated to the tapes controversy.
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