INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The woman who oversaw an internal investigation into the case of suspended IMPD officer David Bisard has filed an intent to sue the city over her firing. Ellen Corcella became a central figure in the investigation with her report over the mishandling of the blood evidence. Bisard is accused of being drunk when he hit three motorcyclists in August 2010.
Corcella has filed a tort claim against the city, which is an intent to sue. The claim alleges instead of allowing Corcella to conduct an investigation to determine if "fraud, mismanagement, misconduct, corruption and/or illegal activities were involved in the handling of Vial Two" in the Bisard case, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and mayor Chief of Staff Ryan Vaughn "injected themselves into Corcella's independent investigation." It states, "Curry also hand delivered a letter to the mayor demanding the mayor remove Corcella and made defamatory statements."
Corcella also said when she asked for a list of open internal affairs cases her request was ignored for months. When the list was finally released, she said she found cases open more than two years. She said her "requests to IMPD were rebuffed throughout her employment and thwarted by the chief, assistant chief and the city." She said she warned the city more than once that "IMPD risked serious exposure" with the Department of Justice if it failed to implement recommendations.
According to the tort claim, Corcella said she uncovered abuses within IMPD including "officers tasing citizens in the back," "officers referring to women as (expletive), engaging in sexual harassment and showing pornography to subordinates while on duty, officers running their own private businesses ... while on duty using tax payer dollars." The document also said that "officers (were) using IMPD's system to find prostitutes who had been arrested in order to solicit sex." Corcella was terminated March 20 and said as of her termination none of the officers had been disciplined.
In the midst of the Bisard shake-up, Public Safety Director Frank Straub resigned. Corcella alleges when Troy Riggs became public safety director in October 2012, he met with every male chief for reviews and one-on-one meetings asking for their goals. She says he did not do the same with Corcella, stripping her of her authority and making her "an overpaid administrative assistant." Corcella states Riggs "put her off for months" regarding her job duties with the city, which she confirmed through human resources "did not include administrative work." On March 1, Corcella said she informed HR she was not permitted to perform her job duties and the city "refused to allow her to act as the Chief of Professional Standards, yet could still hold her responsible for failures." After that meeting on the same day, Corcella said she was terminated.
Corcella is suing the city for her $75,000 salary and benefits. She also wants compensation for the "mental anguish, emotional distress ... suffered because of the city's unlawful conduct."
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