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Indianapolis Police Discipline 7 in Drunken Brawl

November 8, 1996

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The police department punished seven officers for allegedly participating in a drunken melee involving racial slurs, lewd remarks to women and attacks on two men who tried to intervene.

Two officers will be fired, two suspended and three demoted, Acting Police Chief Robert Allen said Thursday. The disciplined officers have a month to appeal to the civilian merit board.

Four of the disciplined officers already faced criminal charges stemming from the Aug. 27 brawl.

The officers _ all white members of an elite police unit and all but one off-duty _ emerged from a downtown bar, taunted the women and then beat up and arrested a black man who confronted them, as well as a white man, police said.

As many as 50 people witnessed the attack, which strained already poor relations between police and Indianapolis’ black community and led to the resignation of Police Chief Donald Christ.

Seventeen officers were reassigned following the brawl. Allen said the officers implicated but not found in violation of department rules would go back to work immediately.

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