INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis officer was arrested Friday on charges of robbery and official misconduct, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.
Complaints by two alleged victims prompted an IMPD internal investigation. IMPD said the complaints allege Officer David Butler, while on-duty in full police uniform and driving his fully marked police car, initiated traffic stops on the city's northwest side for apparent minor traffic violations. During those traffic stops, the alleged victims said, Butler stole money and threatened arrest for license violations.
One of the traffic stops in question was captured on video surveillance at a gas station on West 34th Street, according to court documents.
Butler is a 23-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He is charged with two counts of robbery, a Class C felony, and two counts of official misconduct, a Class D felony.
"[The IMPD] investigation uncovered a repetitive pattern of behavior by Officer Butler, a pattern of behavior which plainly violated the trust the public placed in him," said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the arrest shows the city takes such allegations seriously.
"Today's arrest of IMPD Officer David Butler demonstrates my administration's commitment to hold accountable any officer whose conduct tarnishes the police department's badge and disregards the oath they took to protect the Indianapolis community.
"The alleged actions of this individual officer do not diminish the outstanding police work being done by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department or its commitment to protecting our city with dignity, integrity and respect."
According to court documents, all the traffic stops currently in question wre made in the area of 34th Street and Moeller Road. Any person who may have been involved in a similar incident on the northwest side or who may have more information should contact Detective Shani Anderson, IMPD Professional Standards Division, at 317-327-2944.
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