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Evansville police officer suspended after internal investigation

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An Evansville Police officer has been suspended after an internal investigation into a recent incident.  

The Evansville Police Department Internal Affairs began an investigation on September 18 into allegations that an on-duty officer violated multiple department rules and regulations.

Evansville Police Sgt. Jason Cullum says that due to union contract issues, the department cannot release the name of the officer, pending a hearing in front of the Police Merit Commission.

The unnamed officer has been placed on unpaid suspension for 21 days due to the incident and Police Chief Billy Bolin is recommending the officer be fired.

Cullum says the complaint stems from the officer's interaction with a female at a Rick's 718 Bar at the corned of Columbia on 3rd Avenue.

Cullum says the internal investigation shows the officer was inappropriate with a woman at the bar. He says customers of the bar took notice.

"We had several of our officers receive phone calls from people that they knew who were in the bar at the time that saw the officer there and had some concerns on the things they saw and that they heard," Cullum said.

Cullum says internal affairs reviewed witness testimony and surveillance video taken at the bar.

According to the Police Personnel Office, the next Police Merit Commission meeting is scheduled for October 14.

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