Indianapolis is roiling this week after the announcement that the police department had, for the second time, mishandled evidence in the case of a suspended police officer who crashed his squad car into a group of motorcyclists while he may have been drunk, reports the city’s Star. On Tuesday, Paul Ciesielski resigned as chief of police. But others are calling for the resignation of his boss, Public Safety Director Frank Straub. The consensus is that citizens wanted police leaders to be held accountable.
Prosecutors discovered last week that one of two tubes containing the blood of suspended police officer David Bisard was moved to an unrefrigerated storage area despite a judge’s order to preserve it. The other vial, which was tested and indicated that Bisard was drunk the day of the crash, is still preserved. Straub and Ballard announced the mistake Tuesday and said Ciesielski had stepped down from his post but will stay on as a captain. Three others have been placed on paid leave. The FBI will investigate what led to the mishandling of Bisard’s blood, and the people involved could face criminal charges.