IMPD Chief Steps Down Over Bisard Case

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Police Chief Paul Ciesielski is stepping down after the mishandling of the Officer David Bisard case.

An acting chief has been named and the city of Indianapolis has requested the FBI’s assistance in investigating the mishandling of the case.

Bisard has been on paid leave while his complicated case works its way through the court system. He’s accused of drinking on the job when he plowed into motorcyclists in August 2010. Eric Wells died in the accident. Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills were seriously injured as a result of the crash.

Director of Public Safety Frank Straub said in early November, a vial of Bisard’s blood was transferred to the property annex room, which is not refrigerated to keep the blood at the proper temperature. The mishandling of the blood was uncovered on Monday, and Chief Ciesielski resigned Tuesday morning but will stay within the department.

 

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