INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An exclusive I-Team 8 investigation Monday uncovered new details in the ongoing spat between the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Department.
I-Team 8 obtained a copy of an internal memo within IMPD detailing what happened over the weekend and why a sheriff's deputy refused to transport a prisoner. The memo had the subject line "MCSD Refusal to Provide Wagon Transport for Prisoner."
On Saturday night, IMPD Sgt. Vince Huber had a suspect downtown at 21st and Meridian streets. Around 7:30 p.m., Huber asked for a wagon to take a man to jail after the officer had just chased on foot and arrested a man for stealing Escalade hubcaps.
According to Huber's memo to Commander Brian Mahone, a sheriff's deputy approached Huber and a second IMPD officer asking if "Huber was here?" He said "Yes, that's me Sgt. Huber." The deputy then said "I got a phone call from my supervisor and was advised authority Car 1 Sheriff (John) Layton I cannot transport your prisoner."
The memo detailed two IMPD officers were kept out of service to transport the prisoner: Sgt. Huber, and a second officer, who followed Huber and the prisoner for safety.
Sheriff Layton told I-Team 8's Karen Hensel this had "nothing to do with politics but rather respect for each other." IMPD declined comment but Layton met with Police Chief Rick Hite and Public Safety director Troy Riggs Monday afternoon on what he termed a "behavioral issue" concerning Huber.
IMPD launched an internal investigation to determine what happened and Layton says he has "reinstated transport privileges" to Huber.
This was the third time Layton refused transport for certain officers' prisoners saying in the other two cases it had to do with disrespect between blue and brown uniforms on scene. The sheriff's department gets paid $1.75 million in tax money for salaries and gas to transport prisoners.
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