City refuses to disclose discipline for LPD officer

Crash on Saturday, March 8, 2014 involving two law enforcement vehicles. (WLFI Photo)
Crash on Saturday, March 8, 2014 involving two law enforcement vehicles. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The City of Lafayette refuses to disclose the discipline for an officer involved in a recent crash.

News 18 filed a request through the Freedom of Information Act after officer Ian O’Shields ran a red light and hit the vehicle of a Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s deputy.

Lafayette city attorney Ed Chosnek released a statement Tuesday saying that the disciplinary action involving O’Shields was “not a suspension, demotion or discharge.”

Chosnek cites an Indiana code which only requires discipline disclosure for public employees should the employee be suspended, demoted or discharged.

Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly told News 18 last week that O’Shields would be disciplined, after a recommendation from a Board of O’Shields’ superiors. He said O’Shields took full responsbility for the crash.

Lafayette police announced Monday, March 10 that O’Shields was not cited for the crash.

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