Greenwood police arrested an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Thursday after an incident at a Meijer grocery store in Greenwood.
Police responded to a report of a fleeing shoplifter at the Meijer on State Road 135 and Main Street. They located the suspect, later identified as IMPD Officer Suzanne Binder, 37, walking through a nearby Fazoli’s parking lot.
The officer turned on his lights and ordered her to stop, and said he’d release his K9 if she didn’t. According to a police report, she responded, “You can’t do that, it’s a misdemeanor.”
She continued walking in front of the officer’s car, and he ordered her to stop seven times. He eventually went to place her under arrest and she tried to pull away.
The officer took her to the ground and she continued to resist. He was finally able to get her in handcuffs after she shouted she was an IMPD officer. She did not have her badge on her at the time, but Greenwood police confirmed she is an officer for IMPD.
There were several items found in her backpack. Meijer loss prevention identified them as items stolen from the store. According to the report, the items included vitamins and sleeping aids, totaling $41 in stolen property.
IMPD says Binder has been employed with them for 14 years. Her pay has been suspended pending termination. They provided the following statement:
At the time of Officer Binder’s arrest, she had no police powers and was not serving in active duty capacity. Officer Binder has been employed with IMPD for 14-years and [is] currently assigned to the Manpower Pool for non-disciplinary reasons. With cooperation from the Greenwood Police Department investigators from IMPD’s Special Investigative Unit are conducting an independent criminal investigation.
After reviewing the probable cause, IMPD Chief Bryan Roach has suspended Officer Binder without pay pending a recommendation of termination to the Police Merit Board.
IMPD says the “Manpower Pool” is a category within the department in which an officer may be temporarily placed while on limited duty status. It could be for an injury, illnesses, or disciplinary reasons.