Indiana police wiretapping dispute continues

By The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND — A long-running dispute over wiretapping within an Indiana police department will continue after city officials rejected a proposed agreement with officers who want to block the tapes’ release.

The South Bend Tribune reports that the South Bend Common Council on Monday unanimously voted to reject any settlement agreement that may have been reached in mediation.

The legal fight dates back to 2012, when the council issued a subpoena demanding Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tah-juhj) turn over the tapes. The mayor’s office refused to disclose the tapes, alleging they were made illegally.

The contents of the recordings haven’t been made public, but a former police employee has said they include racist remarks and discussion of committing illegal acts. The officers who were recorded have sued the city to stop the tapes’ release.

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