Sunday, November 09, 2008

Police Investigating Allegations that Officers Cursed at Black Witnesses


West Lafayette police are investigating allegations that officers cursed at black witnesses while responding to a fight at a diner.

Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says a complaint was filed against one officer over language he used when he responded to the Nov. 2 call at the Triple XXX restaurant. Dombkowski did not identify the officer.

Purdue student Meisha Waters says she was part of a group that became involved in a confrontation with a waitress and was asked to leave. She says a man who appeared to be a security guard grabbed one of her friends and threw her into a window. The fight then spilled outside.

The diner's owner declined comment.

Another witness, Chris Warren, says police focused on black people at the scene and cursed at him when he tried to give a statement.

Dombkowski says police did speak with the restaurant's manager.

Sergeant Arthur Anderson Charged with Drunk Driving


A Muscatine police sergeant faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

According to the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department, Arthur Anderson, 40, of Muscatine, was booked into Muscatine County Jail at 7:42 a.m. Saturday.

Anderson, who was off-duty, was released on his own recognizance.

The Muscatine Police Department referred questions to the Muscatine County Attorney’s Office.

Assistant County Attorney Dana Christiansen confirmed this morning that Anderson was arrested near the Muscatine Public Safety Building. Dispatch records show an intoxicated person was arrested at the police station at 6:44 a.m.

Christiansen said he had no other information to release at this time.