Special prosecutor appointed to Davidson case

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.

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — A special prosecutor will handle the case involving the suspension and demotion of a Lafayette police lieutenant.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer has been appointed to the case. Harrington told News 18, the motion was filed on April 11 and granted by the Circuit Court on April 14.

As News 18 reported last week, Lafayette Police Lt. Tom Davidson was demoted by the Lafayette Police Civil Service Commission after an incident on 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 tell you the formal complaint was filed April 10 by Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly after an internal investigation by the department.

The report said Davidson used force against an individual who is confined to a wheelchair.

News 18’s request for audio or video evidence from the incident was denied. According to the city attorney, the incident is still under investigation.

News 18 will continue to follow this story and have updates as soon as information becomes available.

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