Questions about how Indianapolis police handled a fatal drunken-driving investigation of one of their own officers intensified after prosecutor Carl Brizzi announced he would drop the most serious charges against officer David Bisard because police officers had botched the case, the Indianapolis Star reported.
An embarrassed Public Safety Director Frank Straub announced that the FBI will be brought in on the case. He removed a lieutenant from his positions as commander of the department’s hit-and-run unit and coordinator of the multiagency Fatal Alcohol Crash Team. One victim’s family called the dismissal a “travesty.” A legal expert said the police ineptness leaves the public with little choice but to wonder whether the bungled case was more than an accident. Said Mayor Greg Ballard: “The people in the city are not the only ones wondering what happened at the scene. I am, too.”