|Officer Charlie Williams|
A lawsuit that was previously filed in Tippecanoe County was recently amended and transferred to federal court as a civil rights action.
According to court records, the woman at the center of the controversy happened to be the girlfriend of LPD Officer Michael Barthelemy. Officer Barthelemy was added as a defendant in the amended lawsuit in addition to Williams and the LPD.
Vander Plaats is claiming that his civil rights were violated when he was bullied, threatened with death, and then beaten unconscious on the night of January 31, 2012.
"Defendants Barthelemy and Williams's conduct toward Plaintiff has been outrageous in character and extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency and is intolerable in a civilized community," read a portion of the amended complaint.
In addition, it was alleged that multiple calls were made to 911 after Vander Plaats was severely beaten and that those pleas for help were initially ignored, which raises new questions as to whether the dispatcher was involved in "delaying efforts to obtain emergency medical care" for Vander Plaats.
The lawsuit alleges the following:
"A neighbor of Mr. Vander Plaats named Rachel Cisler was coming home from a late class at Purdue University and saw somebody laying down screaming in the area where Mr. Vander Plaats was assaulted. She did not approach the individual because it was dark, but she went into her apartment and called police or 911. However, no one responded to her call."
"Although injured, Mr. Vander Plaats regained consciousness and was able to make it to the steps of his apartment inside a secured door. He attempted to call 911 multiple times. However, when the calls connected, they were dropped."
"Mr. Vander Plaats' girlfriend, Ms. Clark, was returning from the grocery store and observed Mr. Vander Plaats injuries. Ms. Clark called 911 and was able to connect. Someone directed her to stay there and an officer would be there soon. However, nobody responded."It is beyond our comprehension that these officers are still working at the LPD. It is also beyond our comprehension that they have not been criminally charged. A special prosecutor was initially appointed to investigate and reportedly determined that no crime was committed; however, that was before all the sordid details surfaced. It's past time for action, Mr. Prosecutor!
Concerned citizens will be relentless in their efforts to keep this story in the public spotlight. We have many questions, and we will not rest until we have all the answers.
|Tim Vander Plaats|
Prosecutor Pat Harrington, it is your duty, sir, to prosecute these alleged crimes. Stop passing the buck. New information has come to light, and we call on you to act swiftly.
Why are these officers still wearing badges? They are bullies. They have lost the public's trust. It is a joke they are still arresting people when they should be behind bars themselves.
Who was the dispatcher who ignored the calls of a severely injured citizen?
We have to wonder if this is why one of Lafayette's finest police chiefs resigned. Former Chief Don Roush had made an earlier recommendation to fire Officer Williams, but it was ignored.
Taxpayers will continue to pay a huge price until this is dealt with appropriately rather than sweeping all this nefarious activity under the proverbial rug.
We aren't going away. You can count on it. This rises to the same level of corruption from back in the days of Lewis T. Wireman.
Where is the media? Where is the accountability?
As long as these officers are on the streets of Lafayette, we highly recommend that citizens carry a video camera at all times.
Here it is in black and white. Click on to enlarge and read the actual lawsuit and let the outrage begin.
Photo: Tim Vander Plaats