An Indianapolis City-County councilor has been arrested after police said he caused a scene and resisted officers after a weekend burglary.
Officers were called to a home in the 4500 block of Guilford Avenue on Sunday evening on a report of a burglary in progress.
As they were trying to secure the scene, police said Joe Simpson, 60, who lives next door, came into the home wanting to check on his neighbor.
According to the police report, officers asked Simpson to leave the home several times, but he refused and became belligerent.
"You don't have to talk to me like that. I don't know who you think you are talking to," Simpson told an officer, according to the police report.
Once Simpson left the house, he continued to yell at officers, drawing a crowd outside the house, police said.
"This is a public sidewalk. This is a public street," Simpson told officers, according to the report. "I pay taxes on all of it, and I pay your salary, too!"
When officers approached Simpson, he forcefully pulled his arm away, police said.
Simpson was arrested on preliminary charges of refusal to leave an emergency area, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
He later apologized to officers, according to the police report.
"I'm sorry it got to this. I messed up," Simpson said, according to the report.
In 2008, Simpson shouted at and threatened an RTV6 crew
covering a Washington Township board meeting where council members voted themselves a 60 percent pay raise.
After the meeting, Simpson told photographer Eldon Wheeler, "You might as well have just called me a [N-word]" and two other board members had to restrain Simpson when he moved menacingly toward Wheeler, RTV6's Norma Cox reported.
Simpson, a first-term Democrat representing District 9, is the director of administration for the Indiana Legal Services, Inc.
He was released from jail on bond early Monday.
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