TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A 42-minute delay to Wednesday's Terre Haute Police Merit Board's meeting fostered an agreement.
City Attorney Eddie Felling and an attorney for Officer Brad Newman, who is also the elected Vigo County Clerk, announced the resolution to the board.
Newman's appeal of a two day suspension led to Wednesday's meeting before the merit board. The suspension stems from an incident in which News 10 received a copy of a police memo detailing why Newman was suspended.
Newman was the desk officer on July 31st when a man brought in a handgun that he thought was stolen. Newman confirmed the gun was stolen. His sergeant ordered Newman to tag the weapon as evidence and take it to the evidence locker.
The memo alleges Newman left that work for another officer. It's further alleged that Newman left to go to the Clerk's Office.
At Wednesday's meeting, Newman agreed to withdraw his appeal. In exchange, the police department agreed to reduce his suspension from two days to one.
We spoke with police chief John Plasse following the meeting.
"When they asked me, I went directly to him (the sergeant), because he was the one who issued the discipline, and I didn't want to override that," Plasse said. "He felt it was proper and we approved it. So, I wanted to make sure he was okay with that and he said he was."
During the course of this appeal, News 10 received information that this suspension was politically motivated. Newman is not only the clerk, he is a Republican. Plasse told me, "Absolutely not."
It's not known when Newman will serve his one day suspension.
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