INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A history of incidents requiring suspensions, that’s what the personnel file of an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer on desk duty for a controversial arrest shows.
I-Team 8 requested the personnel file of IMPD Officer T. Michael Wilson on July 30, 2013. It was the day before I-Team 8 aired the story of the video uncovered showing Wilson making a controversial arrest in the lobby of the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.
As a result of the I-Team 8 investigation, IMPD launched its own internal investigation into Wilson. The video shows Wilson throwing 60-year old Brian Hudkins to the ground just 16 seconds after encountering him.
Hudkins was in a dispute with hotel security over a problem with a room. Wilson wrote in his police report that he asked Hudkins to be quiet and Hudkins said no. Additional video shows Wilson throwing Hudkins to the ground again while he’s leading him to the squad car in handcuffs.
Wilson's personnel record shows he's been suspended at least three times since becoming an officer in 2000.
The first suspension came in July 2005 for two days.
The second suspension was in September 2005 and lasted ten days. This was the longest of his three suspensions.
The third was a one day suspension in August 2010.
The city of Indianapolis only provided the Rules and Regulations that it says Wilson violated, leading to the suspensions. Those violations include language such as “When dealing with the public, members shall not use language or gestures which are rude, indecent, lewd, discourteous and/or insulting.”
This is a violation that came up twice in Wilson’s personnel record.
The attorneys for the city of Indianapolis did not include the circumstances that surrounded the incidents that led to his suspensions.
It appears in the personnel file that that there was a fourth incident but the city attorney crossed out that information. Samantha DeWester, the city’s Public Access Counselor, said that information was exempt from being disclosed but would not say why.
We also received the personnel record from the city of Lafayette where Wilson worked prior to IMPD.
There, he was suspended one day in 1996 for making inappropriate comments to someone he arrested who'd been involved in a fight.
Comparing the two personnel files, Lafayette provided specifics about the incident that led to the suspension, but IMPD did not.
WISH-TV’s station attorney believes Indianapolis is not following the state's public access laws regarding disclosure and has filed a complaint to get more information.
A city spokesperson said the city has provided everything that is going to be provided.
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