EPD officer resigns after FOP fight

By Becky Graham - bio | email 
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - An Evansville police officer pleads guilty to the battery of a retired deputy, and just minutes, after he enters a plea, resigns from the force.

It stems from a fight at the Fraternal Order of the Police with a retired sheriff's deputy.

Police say Jason Henry's resignation wasn't a surprise.

What did come as a surprise was Henry's attorney's decision to move his clients court date from March to Friday.

Henry plead guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge, the result of a fight at the FOP in November.

An investigation was launched in December in regards to Henry's involvement in a November fight at the FOP.

Authorities say Henry struck retired Deputy Kent Todisco in the face. And repeatedly kneed him after he fell to the floor.

Henry will serve a six month suspended sentence, pay $10 in costs.

The police chief says this about his sentence.

"We collect all of the evidence. We collect all of the statements, everybody who was involved and who was a witness to it and sent it to the prosecutors office and ultimately it is there decision on how they want to pursue the matter," EPD Chief Brad Hill says.

"It's something that you hate to see and I will tell you officer Henry distinguished himself on more than one occasion as a police officer so he did so very good things on the police department so I can say some positive things about him," EPD Chief Brad Hill says.

The chief says their wasn't much discussion as to why Jason Henry chose this fate.

But the chief says the department wasn't pushing him out.

"There were no plans to fire him, it would have been something we would have looked internally," Hill says.

The chief tells 14 News Henry's actions were wrong, but he was good officer.

He says there was one incident where Henry used too much force during an arrest, but over all he was decorated.

14 News reached out to the victim Kent Todisco, a retired Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Deputy, but as of news time he had not returned our calls. At six, a look at the four month investigation that lead up to Friday's plea deal.

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