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Late-Night police antics ‘Humiliating’ but not criminal

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The Elkhart Police Department has decided not to pursue criminal charges against employees involved in inappropriate behavior with a detained woman at the station in November.

Officers brought the woman into the station about 3 a.m. when her companion was charged with drunken driving. A security camera videotaped the woman posing provocatively on a desk and then kneeling on it, while a department employee walked behind her to snap a picture.

That employee was fired, a corporal resigned, and the department suspended six officers without pay. Assistant Police Chief Timothy Balyeat called the incident “humiliating” and noted that people “expect more out of their police officers.”

Note: Responding decisively to bad behavior, as the Elkhart PD appears to have done, is the best way to avoid costly lawsuits.

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