New Police Review Board Director faced 7 suspensions as Indy cop
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The man in charge of the Community Police Relations Board aimed at holding officers accountable is now in the hot seat himself.
Josh Reynolds was suspended 7 times in the 7 years he worked for the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, according to officials there.
Reynolds doesn’t even have an office at the County-City building yet and has already been a topic of controversy twice.
While some want Reynolds to be fired or resign, others say his experience will help him in this new role.
The list of causes for Reynolds' suspension, provided by the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, include:
- Warrantless forced entry into a home without probable cause that a felony has been committed.
- Failure to maintain police vehicle by allowing it to run out of gas while driving.
- Failure to improve performance and posting derogatory comments about department personnel on social media.
- Failure to respond in a timely manner to a priority police run and expedited request for back-up from a fellow officer
- Sustained citizen’s complaint for using rude and demeaning language about the complainant’s juvenile daughter on social media.
- Failure to improve performance and follow remediation plan after multiple disciplinary measures, specifically failure to mark inservice and respond to radio runs.
- Recommended for discharge. Failure to improve performance and follow remediation plan after multiple disciplinary measures, specifically failure to mark in-service and respond to radio runs.
"I continue to support the Common Council's efforts to establish the Community Police Review Board and believe that it is important for this entity to be independent from the City administration to promote greater trust between our community and our officers. Because the Review Office falls under the City Clerk, my administration was not involved in the selection process for the director,” said Mayor James Mueller. “These findings regarding the director’s past conduct are clearly problematic and undermine the community’s trust in this board. I will look into these issues further and work with the City Clerk and Common Council to find the best way to get this back on track.”
"We are as disgusted as most by these uncovered details, but certainly not surprised. Officer misconduct is common and often goes unchecked.
This situation surrounding his hiring could have been averted if there was a greater public presence in the hiring process for this position. In our opinion, the process was a very backwards way of vetting candidates and the issues uncovered should have been identified prior to the Director's hiring.
BLM South Bend wanted candidates for this position to participate in a public forum to meet the community they would possibly serve, but our suggestion was rejected. We recognize that the city cannot mandate applicants to attend a public-facing forum because of confidentiality in the hiring process; however, it is within legal bounds to offer such participation as an optional part of the application process.
We have invited the new Director Josh Reynolds to engage in a public forum with us and the Michiana Alliance on Wednesday, August 4th at 6 PM via Zoom. We have many concerns about this new director.
We're encouraging supporters to email Clerk Jones demanding that Josh Reynolds attend our forum. We will provide him with questions in advance.
We worked tirelessly to get this legislation in place and we hope he will honor our work by attending."