Wheelchair involved with LPD lieutenant demotion

A Lafayette Police Officer faces a federal lawsuit after pushing a man out of his wheelchair.
A Lafayette Police Officer faces a federal lawsuit after pushing a man out of his wheelchair.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — More details are coming to light about why a Lafayette police lieutenant was demoted to officer last week.

As News 18 reported last week, Lt. Tom Davidson was demoted by the Lafayette Police Civil Service Commission after an incident dating back to Oct. 1, 2013. The Commission unanimously found that he was in violation of conduct unbecoming an officer, but in a divided vote found that he was not in violation of excessive use of force.

Because of the response to our Freedom of Information Act request, we can now tell you the formal complaint was filed April 10 by Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly after an internal investigation by the department.

It states that Davidson used force against an individual who is confined to a wheelchair.

Our request for audio or video evidence from the incident was denied for now because according to the city attorney, the incident is still under investigation.

Of course, News 18 will continue to follow this story and have more information as it becomes available.

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