Ministers Get Meeting With Mayor
Mayor Greg Ballard and Public Safety Director Dr. Frank Straub meet behind closed doors with local ministers about IMPD.
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The group of both black and white religious leaders say they voiced their concerns about recent scandals surrounding the police force, including differences in the investigations of 15-year-old Brandon Johnson and IMPD Officer David Bisard.
The Rev. Charles Harrison of Barnes United Methodist Church calls the meeting inside the Mayor's Office "a true meeting of the minds."
"It was candid, and we were very open with what our constituents are telling us, so it was not confrontational at all," Harrison said.
The ministers claim there is growing distrust with the police department because of a lack of communication between IMPD and members of the community.
Dr. Straub says the department is committed to addressing their concerns.
He expects police procedural changes to with the arrival of a new deputy director of training and strategic initiatives and the examination of a study performed by the Police Executive Research Forum.