Deputy Police Chief Being Investigated Again
(WBNS-10TV) One of the city’s top police administrators was being investigated for the second time in as many months, 10 Investigates reported on Tuesday.
Deputy Chief Jeffery Blackwell testified during a criminal trial while in uniform, 10 Investigates’ Paul Aker reported.
Columbus Public Safety Director Mitchell Brown already launched an investigation and on Tuesday, an internal investigation was under way to determine whether Blackwell lied under oath.
When Blackwell went to court in March wearing his police dress uniform, a prosecutor questioned whether he should have been wearing it at all since he was giving his personal opinion about a defendant’s character.
He then asked whether Blackwell’s boss, Columbus police Chief Walter Distilzweig, gave him permission.
According to the trial transcript, Blackwell answered yes, Aker reported.
Then, in a letter written 10 days later, Blackwell told his boss that he had violated department policy by failing to notify the chief in writing that he was planning to testify, calling it a “mistake.”
Blackwell did not return calls seeking comment.
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