Mayor Backs Indy Chief Straub Despite Calls For His Departure


Former White Plains, N.Y., Public Safety Commissioner Frank Straub is under fire in Indianapolis, where there have been calls for him to resign as that city’s Public Safety director after a number of controversial incidents involving police, says the Journal News in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley. The Indianapolis Star reported that Straub got a vote of confidence from Mayor Greg Ballard after the city’s Baptist Ministers Alliance, which addresses social issues in the region, called for Straub’s resignation a day earlier. A number of local politicians also have said Straub should step down.

The Rev. Stephen Clay, president of the alliance, said the mayor should fire Straub “because the police department is in shambles.” Since he took office eight months ago, Straub has seen one of his officers accused of using excessive force in the beating of a biracial teenager, another charged with setting a series of fires, and a third accused of firing his gun inside his patrol car during a fight with a girlfriend. On Aug. 6 an off-duty officer was involved in a fatal drunken-driving accident. Alcohol-related charges were later dropped after it was revealed that other officers had reportedly botched his blood-alcohol test. In another incident, an officer was accused of trying to cover up a hit-and-run drunken-driving incident.

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