Indianapolis City-County Councilor Joe Simpson found not guilty of resisting police

Police: Simpson accused of causing scene

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis City-County councilor has been found not guilty after police said he caused a scene and resisted officers after a burglary scene.

Joe Simpson, a Democrat in the Ninth District, was arrested in June on charges of resisting law enforcement and refusal to leave an emergency area, the latter of which was dismissed.

Simpson went before a judge for a bench trial Tuesday and was found not guilty.

The charges stemmed from a June incident in the 4500 block of Guilford Avenue, when officers responded to Simpson's neighbor's home on a report of a burglary.

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!"

He later apologized to officers, according to the police report.

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