I am responding to the “Letter to the Editor” written by Mrs. Morrell and published on July 9, 2013 regarding her encounter with two police officers in early June. First, I extend my most sincere apology to Mrs. Morrell and her passengers since their interaction with the Rushville Police Department was not a positive experience. I also apologize if this encounter has left the perception of illegal police conduct on Mrs. Morrell, her passengers or the Rush County community. I assure you that I hold individual liberties and rights in the highest regard and expect no less of our police officers. I also have no tolerance whatsoever for discrimination of any kind both within the department or when interacting with the citizens of Rushville.
I assure you and your readers that Assistant Chief Click and I will be making a close examination of this complaint lodged by Mrs. Morrell to determine what, if any, inappropriate action has taken place on the part of Rushville police officers. If it is determined that inappropriate conduct was displayed as parts of this traffic stop please know that, swift and decisive action will be taken. At the time we are able to reach a conclusion in our investigation, we will make our findings known.
Several legal standards are at play in this event, but I elect not to debate those issues in this forum. Those issues are best addressed in the traffic court having jurisdiction over this incident. Any perceptions, that don’t align with the department’s core beliefs, which were created as a result of this traffic stop, are regretted. As individuals and a department, we will continue to endeavor toward the goal that we have had since the beginning of this administration; to foster a strong relationship with the community where we can work together to create a safe and productive environment conducive to living, working, and raising a family.