EPD: Investigation Shows No Wrongdoing By Off-Duty Officer

An internal investigation clears the officer of wrongdoing while restraining an Evansville man at an Old National Bank branch.
Tonight, the officer at the center of a use of force investigation, cleared after police say they didn't find any wrongdoing.

Evansville police say the officer, who was off-duty at the time, didn't do anything wrong while restraining Arnold Wallace at an old national bank branch last week. Police say while the cell phone video showed what some perceive as excessive, it wasn't the case. But Wallace says he's standing by his story, and calls what happened to him "excessive."

"That video, what's not on there is as important as what is," says Evansville Police Sgt. Jason Cullum.

Most of the time, what you see is what you get. But Evansville Police say if you saw this cell phone video, you don't see and get everything.

"Even watching the cell phone video, it looks to somebody that's never seen it, it looks bad," says Cullum.

Police say an internal investigation showed the officer gave clear instructions to Wallace, asking him to leave the bank, and that officer did not punch or knee Wallace while restraining him after he refused to voluntarily leave.

"When the officer tried to take him down, he tried to prevent that by lunging towards the desk and he grabbed a chair," Cullum says. "We think that caused some of his injuries, as well as his attempts to prevent the officer from getting him down to the floor and getting him into custody."

Cullum says the accounts from witnesses match those of the officer's.

"Everything I have seen and everything I have heard, has been nothing for lies," says Arnold Wallace.

Wallace says their story isn't the true story.

"Him, asking me to leave, trying to escort me out of the bank, it's a bare faced lice," he says. "Never put a hand on me, and no one ever asked me to leave."

Wallace also says he didn't throw any items inside the bank and is still adamant he was beaten up by the officer restraining him.

"I think they're all trying to protect their jobs," says Wallace. "And after reading this newspaper, and hearing all the stories about whatever everybody was saying, I think it's all lies."

But this story may not be over soon. Police say they may charge Wallace with disorderly conduct, while Wallace may still file a complaint against the officer and Old National.
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