During a panel discussion with other city officials, live streamed Thursday afternoon on Facebook, Bloomington’s mayor, John Hamilton put numbers to an idea he mentioned in a speech two weeks ago.
The 2021 budget proposal, which the mayor will eventually present to the city council in mid-to-late August, would reduce the number of sworn officer positions with the Bloomington police department (BPD) from 105 to 100.
The budget is scheduled for adoption in October.
The idea is to re-allocate the money for five sworn officers to at least five new non-sworn positions—a mix of social workers and neighborhood resource specialists, Hamilton said.
City of Bloomington police detectives are trying to locate possible witnesses to a late Wednesday night shooting that left a 28-year-old man lying in a pool of blood in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the south side of town, according to a press release.
A Monroe County sheriff’s deputy sprints east along the alley that splits the block just east of the courthouse square in downtown Bloomington. He’s running towards a demonstrator who was injured after Monday’s protest concluded.
First responders attend to a woman lying in the crosswalk that connects the south and north sides of 6th Street just east of the courthouse square in downtown Bloomington.
On Monday night, a demonstration prompted by recent racist events in the Bloomington area appeared to wrap up safely a little after 9 p.m. on the Monroe County courthouse square in downtown Bloomington.
But as the crowd was dispersing from the streets they had occupied for the final 90 minutes or so of the event, two demonstrators were injured in what were apparently separate incidents.
When a driver, described by witnesses as a woman older than 50, piloted her car into the group, one demonstrator was left lying face down in the crosswalk across 6th Street, on the east side of Walnut. The victim appeared to be conscious when an ambulance transported her from the scene.
[Updated at 9:48 a.m. on July 7, 2020. Bloomington Police Department issued a statement describing the current state of the investigation: “Several individuals present at the time the altercation began provided investigators with cellphone footage of the incident. At this time, the vehicle involved has not been located and investigators are working to determine the identity of the man and woman inside the passenger car and their whereabouts.” ]
[Updated at 3:36 p.m. on July 7, 2020. The city of Bloomington issued a statement at 3:21 p.m. saying The BPD is proceeding as swiftly as possible to ensure that a thorough investigation is completed and presented to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office so a determination can be made regarding the appropriate criminal charges to be filed. … The City of Bloomington urges anyone with relevant information about the incident to share it with the BPD.]
A meeting held last Thursday by Bloomington city council’s four-member public safety committee got some initial comments from the public on the topic of policing in the city.
Opening remarks from committee chair Jim Sims included the statement: “We are here to listen to you, the public.” Sims wrapped up his remarks by saying, “A deeper look into the local law enforcement operations is warranted. We just know that tonight we are here, and we need to listen.”
Sims indicated there would likely be additional such meetings.
During public comment at the committee meeting, an appeal to sell the Bloomington police department’s (BPD’s) Bearcat armored vehicle—purchased two years ago for $225,000—came from a dozen different commenters. They want the proceeds to be spent on social services.