Former US attorney to lead Elkhart police review

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A former U.S. attorney will lead a review of the Elkhart Police Department after controversies involving the disciplining of officers.

Mayor Tim Neese has selected Deborah Daniels to study the department’s use of force, disciplinary procedures and culture.

Daniels is a partner in an Indianapolis law firm. She served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana from 1988 to 1993. She was an assistant attorney general from 2001 to 2005.

Neese said in a statement that the final report will not name specific officers or incidents but “rather focus on the department’s overall systems, policies, and training, and provide recommendations for improvement where needed.”

The police department has been criticized after a video showed two officers repeatedly punching a handcuffed man. The officers face misdemeanor battery charges.

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