Indiana State Police have denied Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese’s request to conduct an investigation into the beating of an in-custody suspect by some Elkhart police officers.
A state police spokesman says there is no point to an investigation since criminal charges have already been filed.
State Police spokesman Capt. David Bursten said Monday the agency would not participate in the criminal case against officers Cory Newland and Joshua Titus, or in the broader review of Elkhart police requested by Mayor Tim Neese.
Bursten suggested that Neese instead approach the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Elkhart’s police.
Both officers face one misdemeanor battery count for allegedly tackling and repeatedly punching Mario Guerrero Ledesma in the face for spitting toward Newland.
Reporting by the South Bend Tribune and ProPublica uncovered Ledesma’s beating and also revealed that nearly all of the department’s police supervisors have been disciplined or suspended at some point in their careers.
The Associated Press contributed to this story