The suspensions that Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin implemented against Evansville Police officers Nick Henderson, Mark DeCamps, Marcus Craig and Sergeant Carl Cassel are being lifted today.
However, none of the officers are returning to active duty just yet.
All four officers will now be placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which has been spearheaded by Indiana State Police.
Discrepancies in the officers’ reports in relation to body camera video led Chief Bolin to suspend the officers for 21 days.
On October 29, Officers Henderson, Craig and DeCamps responded to a burglary in progress report and found Mark Healy outside of a garage located in the 700 block of E. Florida St.
According to body camera video released by EPD, Officer Henderson detains Healy and begins a pat down. During that pat down, Officer Henderson appeared to reach into Healy’s pocket when he was stuck by a needle, according to the body camera video. Officer Henderson then appears to strike Healy with his arm or fist. The video also appears to show Officers Henderson and Craig verbally abusing Healy. At one point, one of the officers threatens to shoot Healy if he ran.
The video shows officer Henderson apparently striking a handcuffed suspect, after being stuck by a needle in the suspect’s pocket. The officers claimed there was a struggle, but the video appears to contradict that along with what was written in the probable cause affidavit. Healy was handcuffed at the time of the alleged misconduct.
In the their use of force reports, the three officers claimed Healy engaged in a struggle with them, prompting the use of force, Chief Bolin said. The officers also claimed there was a struggle in the probable cause affidavit. However, the body camera appears to contradict those claims.
During a recent press conference announcing the suspensions and recommendations, Chief Bolin said the department’s administration came across the discrepancies when the Internal Affairs Unit began reviewing the use-of-force reports. Per standard procedure, every time an officer uses force and the on-duty sergeant approves the report, Internal Affairs reviews the report and the related body camera video.
Troopers say they have completed their work, and will meet with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor on Friday.
Dozens of law enforcement officers, retired and active, supported the suspended officers during a November 11 merit commission meeting.
All four officers are appealing their suspensions.
The police merit commission is meeting Monday afternoon to discuss officers’ appeals.