Assistant Chief Demoted In Bisard Flap To Sue

Lt. Darryl Pierce Seeks Damages From Department

A former Indianapolis police assistant chief who was demoted in the wake of the bungled investigation into the Officer David Bisard crash plans to sue the department.

Attorneys for Lt. Darryl Pierce filed a tort claim with the city Wednesday seeking punitive damages and loss of income.

Pierce was demoted to lieutenant following the investigation into the Aug. 6 fatal crash that left a motorcyclist dead.

According to an internal review of the incident, the handling of the scene as a crash scene, instead of a crime scene, resulted in the loss of valuable evidence related to the crash.

Bisard was allowed to collect personal items from the crash vehicle without supervision and, despite the presence of two police executive staff members, including Pierce, no one seemed to be truly in charge of the investigation at the scene, police officials said.

Pierce's attorney disputed those claims and stressed that his client spoke with Chief Paul Ciesielski over the phone eight times from the crash scene.

The tort claim does not indicate how much money Pierce may seek in the lawsuit.

Lt. John Conley, a former commander, and Lt. Ron Hicks, former deputy chief of operations, were also demoted in the aftermath of the crash.