New Elkhart police chief promises transparency

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The new police chief of Elkhart says he will focus on transparency and accountability after his predecessor was forced to resign over questions of department discipline and the beating of a handcuffed suspect by two officers.

Chris Snyder was sworn in on Monday, Jan. 7, as the new head of the Elkhart Police Department. He’s a 21-year Elkhart police veteran who was most recently a homicide detective. He is replacing former police chief Ed Windbigler, who resigned last month.

Windbigler was suspended in November after downplaying the beating of a handcuffed suspect. Officers Cory Newland and Joshua Titus were placed on administrative leave in November and have been charged with battery . They have pleaded not guilty.

Snyder says the department will work to quickly and publicly acknowledge mistakes and misconduct.

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