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Prosecutor: Greendale officers put on leave; allegedly erased video, were ‘dishonest’

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Posted at 10:14 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 14:04:37-05

GREENDALE, Ind. — The city of Greendale has placed two police officers on administrative leave amid allegations that the officers were “dishonest” during an investigation and may have destroyed video evidence, according to the Dearborn County prosecutor.

The allegations stemmed from a Dec. 26 incident that Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens said she learned about earlier this month.

“It is alleged they were dishonest during an investigation into the incident and evidence from the event on December 26th may have been destroyed or erased from an SD card,” she said in a Facebook post.

The SD card would have contained files from one officer’s in-car video system, Deddens said.

No charges have been filed as Deddens has referred the matter to the Indiana State Police for an investigation.

“I take any allegations of dishonesty and police misconduct very seriously,” Deddens said. “As such, I will carefully consider the evidence and make charging decisions upon completion of the State Police investigation.”

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles told WCPO the agency is investigating "a matter pertaining to the Greendale Police Department," but is still too early to disclose the nature of the investigation.