IMPD Merit Board terminates officer for 2008 arrest

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Merit Board terminated a police officer on Tuesday.

Jason Barber, who was charged with selling a gun to a felon at an east Indianapolis Walgreens in 2008, was acquitted in that case last year, but was still facing termination.

The chief of police does not have the authority to fire an officer, but can recommend to the Merit Board that they be terminated.

“This concludes a lengthy internal and public process for IMPD.  After reviewing the policies, practices and previous recommendations made by a former Chief, I stand committed with the recommendation for termination of Mr. Barber”, said Chief Rick Hite.  “I feel the Merit Board has rendered a just and fair decision after having reviewed all the pertinent facts of this case.  This process will enable the department, as well as Mr. Barber, to move forward in a way that is both equitable and fair for both.”

The board heard testimony from the Office of Corporation Counsel, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, IMPD’s Internal Affairs and Mr. Barber who represented himself.

The board voted unanimously to terminate Barber.

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