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South Bend leaders held a meeting Tuesday night to gather community feedback on the school district’s new agreement with the police department to place resource officers in schools.

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Former South Bend Police Darryl Boykins was involved in a fatal car crash on Sunday.

According to a release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, Boykins was turning left onto Western Avenue from Mayflower Road around 5:15 p.m. when his Chrysler collided with a motorcycle travelling north on Mayflower.

The driver of the motorcycle, 38-year-old Thomas Stitt, was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe injuries. He was transported to the hospital but died despite surgery. An autopsy is pending.

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A South Bend police officer is being charged with six felonies, including two counts of child seduction, over an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

According to a news release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office, the Mishawaka Police Department received a tip regarding 36-year-old SBPD officer Timothy Barber in early October, and the investigation was handed over to the special victims unit.

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Ryan O’Neill, the former South Bend Police officer who shot and killed Eric Logan two years ago, has been granted summary judgement in a civil rights violation case.

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Local activists are pushing for school resource officers to be removed from South Bend schools, and Black Lives Matter South Bend hosted a panel discussion on the matter Tuesday night.

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The city of South Bend announced Thursday it will withdraw its police officers from both the County Metro Homicide Unit and the Special Victims Unit starting next year.

The multidisciplinary units have been in place since 1993 and 2003 respectively, and investigate homicides, sexual assaults and domestic violence cases, among other things. 

 

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Due to staff shortages, the South Bend Police Department will take over all investigations within South Bend city limits from the County Metro Homicide and Special Victims Units beginning in 2022.

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The South Bend Common Council has started consideration of a pair of bills that would strip the salary from embattled former Community Police Review Board director Joshua Reynolds. 

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A group of former South Bend police officers is asking the Indiana Court of Appeals to step in and prevent the long-contested police tapes from being released.

 

Back in May, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Steven Hostetler ruled that the officers lacked legal standing in the case and that the tapes could be turned over to the Common Council once all appeals were resolved.

 

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The South Bend Common Council unanimously voted Monday night to move oversight of the city’s Community Police Review Board to the mayor’s office. But following an amendment from Councilmember Henry Davis Jr., the board could return to the city clerk’s office after the 2023 election.

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The South Bend NAACP, Black Lives Matter and other community organizations are urging the Common Council to not change the structure of the city’s Community Police Review Board. The council is expected to consider a bill tonight that would move oversight of the board to the mayor’s office from its current home in the city clerk’s office.

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During an Aug. 4 town hall hosted by Black Lives Matter, South Bend Community Police Review Board director Joshua Reynolds said moving oversight of the board to the mayor’s office from its current home in the city clerk’s office would destroy the board’s credibility.

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During an August 2 town hall meeting, embattled South Bend Community Police Review Board director Joshua Reynolds said that over the past month, he’s met with the city, the South Bend Police Department, the Fraternal Order of Police and several community organizations. He’s also spoken with police review boards in Oakland, Berkeley and Cincinnati to help develop the board’s process in South Bend.

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South Bend community police review board director Joshua Reynolds has agreed to turn over his past employment records to the common council.

 

That comes after the council rules committee unanimously voted last week to request or subpoena Reynolds’ employee records from his time as an Indianapolis Police Department and Butler University Police Department officer.

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The South Bend Common Council’s Rules Committee unanimously approved a resolution Monday night to request or subpoena personnel files and other background information on Joshua Reynolds from his time as an Indianapolis and Butler University police officer.

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South Bend’s new Community Police Review Board director Joshua Reynolds said he is not going to resign following last week’s revelation that he was suspended seven times during his work as an Indianapolis police officer.

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Mayor James Mueller wants Joshua Reynolds, the recently hired director of the city’s Community Police Review Board, to resign or be fired, the South Bend Tribune reported July 12.

 

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According to a July 8 article in the South Bend Tribune, Joshua Reynolds — the recently hired director of South Bend’s new Community Police Review Board — had seven unpaid suspensions during the seven years he was an Indianapolis police officer.

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Established by the Common Council last fall, South Bend’s new Community Police Review Board is taking applications for membership. To apply, you must be a resident of South Bend and not a sworn law enforcement officer.

 

But the city hired former Indianapolis police officer Joshua Reynolds as the board’s first director last month. 

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Two years ago on June 16, Eric Logan, a Black man, was shot and killed by a white South Bend police officer near downtown South Bend.

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After months of review, the South Bend Board of Public Safety approved changes to the city’s Police Use of Force Policy Wednesday. 

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South Bend city leaders held a meeting Tuesday night to gather community feedback on the South Bend Community School Corporation’s School Resource Officer program. About 70 people met at Washington High School to discuss whether police officers have a place in city schools.

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Activists with the local NAACP and Black Lives Matter chapter are calling for the removal of police officers from South Bend Community Schools, saying their presence violates state law.

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When the City of South Bend passed a new Police Use of Force policy back in February, it was on the condition that it would be updated regularly. The Board of Public Safety received a second round of those updates at its meeting on Wednesday.

 

Local activist groups have been collaborating with the mayor’s office and police department to strengthen the language around when and how officers can use deadly force.

 

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A judge has ruled audio recordings that allegedly contain South Bend police officers making racist comments must be turned over to the South Bend Common Council. Still, the so-called “police tapes” won’t be heard anytime soon.

 

The tapes issue goes back to 2011, when a former SBPD communications officer came across recorded phone calls from the line of an officer who didn’t know they were being recorded.

 

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Concerns arose recently that South Bend police officers aren’t being properly trained on the department’s new Use of Force policy.

The new policy bans the use of chokeholds, emphasizes deadly force as a last resort and requires officers to report incidences of unreasonable force they've witnessed.

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When the Board of Public Safety passed the final version of the Use of Force policy back in February, many community groups were still calling for stronger and more specific language around the use of deadly force. 

South Bend Mayor James Mueller presented the first of those changes at the Board of Public Safety meeting on Wednesday. He said after several meetings with community leaders, the document now has a new definition and set of examples for the term “imminent threat,” as well as for “feasible” and “proportional” force. 

 

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St. Joseph County law enforcement officials say they’ve seen a significant increase in catalytic converter thefts over the last two months. But, a piece of legislation in the Indiana General Assembly may help to stop it. 

South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said “to say there’s been a rash” of catalytic converter thefts in the county “would be an understatement.” 

 

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The City of South Bend can now begin the hiring search for a director of the Community Police Review Office. The Common Council approved a job description for the position at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 25.

The director will report to the City Clerk and will oversee all complaints of police misconduct submitted to the Community Police Review Board. 

 

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On Thursday, the City of South Bend released a second draft of its Use of Force Policy that incorporates feedback from community members and other stakeholders.

Mayor James Mueller said the new draft mostly adds clarification to the first draft, which was released in August.

“There were suggested changes on all sides, and sometimes they were at odds with each other," Mueller said. "This draft is trying to find the balance of what’s right for our community.”

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