INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - According to IMPD policy, sirens are used “only when theofficer is responding to a reported or confirmed emergencysituation… or in a pursuit.”
We took it to the IMPD police chief Paul Ciesielski if he shouldhave been running that day with lights and sirens.
The Chief said, "That's part of our investigation. I reallycan't answer that right now because it all depends on what was thewarrant arrest, what was it those officers asked of the K-9 officerwhen they asked for his assistance, what did he hear over his radiothat made him decide he needed to run with lights and sirens.That's still under investigation."
We also wanted to find out where the officer was going thatday but Prosecutor Carl Brizzi told police not to release theinformation to us, as it "might jeopardize the investigation".
So, we started digging and through sources we found out theofficer was headed to 42nd and Priscilla near Arlington on the eastside.
As a K-9 officer, he was back up to a felony warrant on thepossession of marijuana, failure to appear, license suspended inMarion and Boone counties, and drunk driving. It was certainlynothing dangerous.
We knocked on doors to ask neighbors what they saw on Fridaynear 42nd and Priscilla. Many weren't home, others saw very little,while other simply shook their head no. Apparently, no one sawanything. No police car, no warrant and still no answers on wherehe was going on what turned into a fatal day.
The accident that killed the motorcyclist is all the talk on theweb among bloggers who ride. Many of those commenting claim to beofficers, one saying "I drove a police car for 25 years. I've heardof bikes being hit by drunks but a police cruiser running lightsand sirens?"
Another simply states, "I worked in warrants for severalyears and never needed a back up run code (lights/sirens) to get tome."
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