In 2010, not long after IMPD officer David Bisard -- on duty, in a patrol car and who may have been inebriated at the time -- struck a group of motorcyclists, injured two and and killed one, three of the highest-ranking IMPD officials who were on the scene during the terribly flawed investigation got demoted, knocked right down to plain old Police Lieutenant. It wasn't much more than a gesture but it was at least that much: evidence was egregiously mishandled under their oversight and being set down a few steps was at least some acknowledgment of this failure.
Now two of them have been promoted right back up. Yep, one is now Assistant Chief and the other's a District Commander.
I've written in the past of the danger of police becoming a sort of equestrian order, like their Roman counterparts or the mare familiar knights of medieval Europe, privileged enforcers protecting the powerful elite and themselves at the expense of the average guy; this is suggestive of that trend.
And David Bisard? Still walking around, free as a bird He won't go to trial until this Fall at the earliest, up in Allen County (Ft. Wayne), where it is presumed they can find jurors who haven't already made up their minds. If he'd been J. Random Not-An-LEO, would justice have been so delayed, evidence poorly collected and handled? Somehow, I doubt it. Let a regular guy get in even a fender-bender and look tipsy, and off he goes to an Official Collecting Location ASAP and if the sample comes up hot, he's charged that same day and run through the system with all due speed.
We are fortunate indeed that most police officers are good people -- or as good as most folks -- who take seriously the line about "protect and serve." One can only hope it will remain ever thus.
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