Police Accountability Report: Episode 77 – LRN.fm
17 Charges Filed Against IMPD Officer Accused of Hitting Wife, Pulling Gun on Fellow Officer
Seventeen felony and misdemeanor charges have been filed against an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer, John Haggard, who was arrested after a December 23rd domestic violence incident involving his wife and their neighbors.
Officer John Haggard faces charges including criminal confinement, intimidation, battery and criminal recklessness.
According to court documents, Haggard, his wife and their 4-month-old son were driving home when Haggard and his wife got into an argument about his driving.
Haggard’s wife, Mary Haggard, said her husband had been drinking and the roads were icy, so she had asked him to be careful.
When they got home, John Haggard told Mary Haggard to get out of the car without her infant son, and when she refused, John Haggard punched her multiple times.
Apparently, once the couple was inside their home, John Haggard tried to make his wife leave, and he hit her again when she refused.
Mary Haggard sent text messages to her neighbor, who is also married to an IMPD officer, asking her to come over to the Haggards’ home. Mary Haggard, her son and the neighbor then went to the neighbor’s home across the street.
According to the probable cause affidavit, John Haggard then forced his way into the neighbor’s home, pulled a gun and said he was going to get his son.
The neighbors’ 7- and 10-year-old children witnessed John Haggard’s intrusion.
He eventually left, and police were called.
John Haggard has been suspended without pay.
Would you voluntarily employ this violent man?
Whitaker Police Officer Held for Trial on Official Oppression, False Statement Charges
William Davis, a suspended Whitaker, PA police officer, will stand trial January 24th on charges that he used his gun to break a driver’s window during a traffic stop and threatened charges unless she paid to fix his damaged gun.
Officer Davis told investigators he stopped 28-year-old Danielle Stillwell Newlon of Jefferson Hills because she did not use a turn signal and had tinted windows on her BMW, which had West Virginia plates.
Officer Davis also told authorities he had been looking for a sedan allegedly involved in drug activity that resembled her vehicle.
Ms. Newlon testified that she drove away, fearful that Officer Davis, dressed in street clothes and driving an unmarked car with a police siren, was not an officer.
Her attorney, Jonathan Fodi, said, “She did what I hope any young female — or male, for that matter — would do.”
Officer Davis maintains he was wearing his badge, which supposedly gives him the right to needlessly impede the travel of other vehicles.
At a second stop, Officer Davis broke out Ms. Newlon’s driver’s side front window after she rolled down the back window by mistake.
Ms. Newlon said Officer Davis gave her two choices: accept charges for fleeing and eluding, or sign a statement accepting responsibility and agree to pay for damage to his firearm.
Officer Davis’ attorney, said it was “pure speculation that [Officer Davis] was acting in bad faith.” Smashing a firearm through a woman’s window because she failed to use her blinker MUST be based on good intentions, right?
Ms. Newlon said phone calls and text messages from Officer Davis received after the accident about the damaged gun made her uncomfortable. Officer Davis filed charges against Ms. Newlon when she alerted him that she had contacted the district attorney’s office about the incident.
Are these really the type of actions you want to continue paying for?
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.