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South Bend Police Officer wants Chief Teachman out

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South Bend Police Officer Theodore Robert complained about Police Chief Ron Teachman Monday night at the South Bend Common Council meeting.

He is accusing Chief Teachman of discrimination.  Monday night he gave the Council and the media copies of complaint letters that have been sent to the Board of Public Safety and the U.S. Attorney's Office

The letters state that minorities aren't being promoted within the police department and that a minority shift supervisor isn't being given the resources he needs.

Several other people spoke in support of the officer saying they need to make changes within the Police Department.

To the Council Robert said,"the seriousness of these acts of misconduct includes civil rights violations in the form of racial discrimination, employment discrimination, violation of the South Bend Police Department duty manual, abuse of power, ethics violations, unfair treatment, creation of hostile working environments, and employee harassment and conduct not becoming of an officer."

Robert requested that the council initiate an investigation into the Office of the Mayor and that Teachman be relieved of his duties starting Tuesday.
  
Council President Oliver Davis said the Council doesn't have authority over administrative and personnel matters, but they will ask the Board of Public Safety to do an investigation.

Davis said it's definitely a public safety issue when you have this much turmoil within the police department.  "The sooner we can get to some area of resolving this matter the better it's gonna be for all of us because to have this kind of conflict in our police department and in our city is not good."

Davis said if there is a money issue associated with the complaints then the Council can act.  For example if more money in the budget could help relieve some problems then the Council can look at making changes when they deal with the budget.

Robert also handed out copies of complaint letters against former Police Chief Hurley.  He said Hurley did not complete minimum basic training requirements so he broke the law and by letting him continue to work, Mayor Pete Buttigieg also broke the law.

 


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