ELKHART — Elkhart Police Chief Ed Windbigler is serving a 30-day unpaid suspension after revelations by The Tribune and ProPublica about officers repeatedly punching a handcuffed man in the city police station.
The suspension started on Nov. 14. The Tribune had asked the office of Mayor Tim Neese several times Monday about the suspension and did not receive a response.
Neese first confirmed the suspension to WNDU when he appeared on the station Tuesday morning. His spokesperson finally responded to The Tribune, and confirmed the suspension, after the TV appearance.
Neese also said on WNDU that he has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the city's police department, though he did not elaborate on what exactly he wants investigated.
The police deparment's assistant chief, Todd Thayer, is serving as the interim chief in Windbigler's absence. Thayer will present information about the police beating at an Elkhart Board of Public Safety meeting on Tuesday morning.