The entire police force, albeit a small and largely volunteer one, of an Indiana town resigned this week after allegations were made that the city council was making inappropriate, unethical and likely illegal demands.

The town marshal and four deputies claim that the that city council of tiny Bunker Hill, Indiana – a town of less than 1,000 about an hour north of Indianapolis and west of Gary – tried to use the force to act as a partisan investigatory arm to conduct background checks, including criminal ones, on fellow board members and other political rivals in town.

The now former marshal, Michael Thomison, told local reporters, “We have had issues with the town board and there are some activities there where I felt like they were serving their own agenda. They would ask for things and I would have to explain to them, you can’t have this information.”

Thomison claims the council threatened officers who refused to comply with the requests.

Elaborating on the accusations, Thomison said, “They asked for me to run background checks and criminal history on other board members, and I told them, ‘I can’t do that without a case number and without an investigation.’”

The abuse of authority was not the only issue that led to the “mass” resignation – all five members of the police force of Bunker Hill cited the lack of body armor as a bone of contention, arguing that their lives were in danger.

Thomison said the body armor is required under Indiana law, but because the town refused to provide it, he was forced to share his with the other officers when they went on patrol.

“I did not want to send someone out there with bad body armor so I would take mine off and provide it to the other officers.”

Thomison says the Indiana State Police and the Miami County prosecutor’s office and are aware of the resignation, and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office will take over duties until a decision can be made to replace the police force – presumably in equal numbers to the five who resigned.

The Town Board has not made a public statement about the mass resignations or about the allegations leveled in the officers’ letters.

Read more here: Daily Caller

 
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