Officer charged with federal civil rights violation resigns from South Bend Police Department


By: Krystal Vivian

A South Bend police officer charged with a civil rights crime earlier this year resigned from the South Bend Police Department this week.

Theodore Robert’s resignation was effective Monday, Oct. 19, and the South Bend Board of Public Safety approved it during its meeting Wednesday, as reported by the South Bend Tribune.

Robert was charged in May with depriving a person of civil rights while acting under the color of law in connection to a 2010 incident in which he punched a handcuffed St. Joseph County Jail inmate. The incident was caught on camera.

He was placed on unpaid leave in May following the federal charge. His federal trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

Read more about Robert’s history with the department in the full story from the South Bend Tribune.