Indianapolis settles lawsuit with 3 IMPD officer over demotions after Officer David Bisard crash

3 high-ranking officers demoted in 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - The city has settled a lawsuit with three high-ranking Indianapolis police officers who sued over their demotions after the Officer David Bisard crash.

Dep. Chief Ronald Hicks, Cmdr. John Conley and Assistant Chief Darryl Pierce were all demoted to the rank of lieutenant following the fatal crash in August 2010.

As part of the settlement with the city, the officers will split $175,000.

An internal review by the department singled out Hicks, Conley and Pierce as failing to handle the crash scene as a crime scene, resulting in the loss of valuable evidence.

But in the lawsuit, the officers accused former Public Safety Director Frank Straub and other city officials of defamation for publicly criticizing the way they handled the crash scene.

"We were thrown under the bus for the mere fact that they needed to take some of the pressure off of them and the department, and what better way to do it than to remove some high officials from the police department, but we did absolutely nothing wrong," Pierce said at the time. "Everything was being done correctly, and for people to say that we would cover up for another officer, I would just say to them that they watch too much TV."

Prosecutors claim Bisard was drunk when he crashed his squad car into a group of motorcycles, killing one person and injuring two others.

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