EPD Responds to Merit Commission’s Decision Not to Terminate or Demote Officers


The Evansville Police Department has issued a statement after the Police Merit Commission decided not to terminate two police officers and to not to demote a sergeant following a nearly 13-hour meeting on Thursday.

Chief Billy Bolin had recommended that Officers Nick Henderson and Mark DeCamps, along with Officer Marcus Craig, be fired and Sgt. Kyle Kassel be demoted stemming from the October 29 arrest of Mark Healy.
EPD issued the following statement on Friday:

Chief Bolin presented his findings and recommendations to the Merit Commission. As in each case that comes before them, the commission is the final authority on disciplinary matters. We appreciate their work in this matter and respect their decisions. Sgt Kassel, Officer Henderson, and Officer DeCamps will return to duty in the coming days.

On Thursday, the board decided that Officer Henderson will not be terminated but his 21-day suspension was upheld. Officer DeCamps’ suspension was reduced to seven days and he’s not facing termination. Sgt. Kassel will be reinstated to full pay and will not face suspension or demotion.

Officer Craig’s attorney requested a continuance on Tuesday because the officer has put in a disability pension plan. Officer Craig remains on paid leave.

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