We can't let police assume they're above the law

We have to hold them to the same rules they enforce against us.

FORT WAYNE, IN – June 2, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Indianapolis seems to have had one police controversy after another lately. The one brewing now threatens to destroy public trust, the foundation of any effective criminal justice operation.

A Marion County judge this week ruled that a blood test taken from Indianapolis police officer David Bisard cannot be used as evidence in drunken- driving charges filed against him. This was a setback for the case Prosecutor Terry Curry is trying to make that Bisard was driving drunk when his cruiser crashed into two motorcycles Aug. 6, killing one of the operators. Curry’s predecessor, Carl Brizzi, dropped the drunken-driving charges because of the way Bisard’s blood draw was handled hours after the crash. Curry reinstated the charges, but Superior Court Judge Grant Hawkins agreed with Brizzi’s call.

What this amounts to is losing on a technicality of the kind police loathe when a judge calls one against them instead of in favor of one of them. The blood test showed Bisard’s blood-alcohol content was 0.19, more than twice the legal limit, but…

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