Case involving LPD officer moves to federal court

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A case involving a police officer accused of harassing a Lafayette man is moving to federal court.

Timothy Vander Plaats of Lafayette accuses Lafayette Police Officer Charles Williams of leaving a voice mail threatening to kill him, after he hugged a female friend who was dating LPD officer Michael Barthelemy.

Barthelemy was added as a defendant in the amended case.

City Attorney Ed Chosnek said Vander Plaats is now accusing both officers of violating his civil rights.

Vander Plaats’ attorney Scott Barnhart declined an on-camera interview, but said the defendants filed for the case to be moved to federal court.

Officer Williams was given a five-day suspension. Lafayette Police Chief Pat Flannelly referred questions to Chosnek.

Mayor Tony Roswarski would not comment on the lawsuit.

Vander Plaats is asking a jury to award him $250,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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