Indianapolis: On Tuesday, Paul Ciesielski resigned as chief of police.
People from all corners of the city expressed a range of emotions Wednesday -- one day after the announcement that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department had, for the second time, mishandled evidence in the case of a suspended police officer who crashed his squad car into a group of motorcyclists while he may have been drunk.
Prosecutors discovered last week that one of two tubes containing the blood of suspended police officer David Bisard was moved to an unrefrigerated storage area despite a judge's order to preserve it. The other vial, which was tested and indicated that Bisard was drunk the day of the crash, is still preserved.
Straub and Ballard announced the mistake Tuesday and said Ciesielski had stepped down from his post but will stay on as a captain. Three others have been placed on paid leave. The FBI will investigate what led to the mishandling of Bisard's blood, and the people involved could face criminal charges.
At Wednesday night's Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee meeting, several City-Council members peppered Straub with questions about the mishandling of Bisard's blood. Straub is up for a one-year reappointment, and the committee and the City-County Council can weigh in on whether he keeps his job. Their recommendations, however, are nonbinding.
Democratic Councilman Frank Mascari asked, to applause from some in attendance: "Why is it that everybody at IMPD is accountable for their actions but you?" He added: "Every time something goes wrong, it seems like you throw somebody under the bus."