Like 'em or loathe 'em, your union's got your back, right?
Not always. Do something egregious enough and you're liable to find yourself standing alone.
Suspended IMPD Officr David Bisard is finding that out; in the wake of his most recent DUI arrest, the Indianapolis Fraternal order of Police has voted to stop paying his legal bills. I guess there is a limit to how far the "thin blue line" can be stretched before it snaps.
Attorneys aren't like the gas bill; his lawyer can't just walk away, he's got to go before the judge and convince him (you'd think, "Client isn't paying, I'll starve," would be enough but perhaps not). And this may well complicate and stretch out the already-convoluted and overly-slow legal proceedings.
(Elsewhere in Indy, another car-motorcycle accident last night, three riders injured. Y'know those "Be Aware! Motorcycles Are Everywhere!" bumper stickers? Cars are even more everywhere and many drivers won't notice a motorcycle until the rider is bouncing off the hood. Be careful out there. The other guy isn't.)
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