Indianapolis—Fox59 News received an email from an unnamed source, claiming Indianapolis Public Safety Director Dr. Frank Straub is trying to influence the results of the investigation into the fatal crash allegedly caused by IMPD Officer David Bisard.
One person was killed in the crash, two others were seriously injuried.
The email was sent from an unidentified person, who appears to be with the police department. The email claims Dr. Straub met this week with one of the detectives writing the report for the Public Safety Director and that quote: "their findings were very disturbing to Director Straub and were not in his or the chiefs favor. Director Straub told the investigating detectives to amend their original report and that he nor the chief should be mentioned in them."
Fox59 News asked Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) for his thoughts on the email.
"I don't what the motivation is, I don't know why, I don't if it's true, I don't know anything about that," the mayor said.
The person who wrote the email makes another serious accusation concerning the FBI's investigation into IMPD's handling of the Bisard crash, claiming Straub has seen that report as well and that quote: "Director Straub has also asked the FBI to redact or amend any portion of their report that mentions him or the chief."
Earlier this week, Director Straub promised the public would see the results of the investigation.
"Unlike on other investigations, we will produce a public report that anybody in the community who wants to read it will be able to read," said Dr. Straub.
Straub added that nothing would be left out.
"They will be critical of anybody that needs to be criticized."
The mayor agrees and said any suggestion of any one influencing the findings is simply untrue.
"We've been very open about things, so I mean, that's just not the way we do business usually," said Mayor Ballard.
"I expect it to be done above board the right way and everything else to me is just speculation right now."
Mayor Ballard expects the report for the public safety director to be done in late October or early November. He doesn't know when the FBI report will be released. We do know it is standard FBI protocol to share its summary findings with the agency under investigation.
A spokesperson for Director Straub reiterated in an email to Fox59 Friday that the public safety director has not seen the reports or given any instructions to change them.