Police in Brookville, Indiana, got it into their heads that town resident Trevin Thalheimer is anti-police. Thalheimer was also running for the town board, which the police didn’t like. So the police chief and one lieutenant allegedly had Thalheimer arrested on false charges:
Two members of the Brookville Police Department are suspended following allegations that they arrested a man thought to be anti-police whom they did not want running for town board.
Police Chief Terry Mitchum and Lt. Ryan Geiser are implicated in the evolving scandal.
Trevin Thalheimer is the man arrested on drug and rape charges that were later dropped. He says he doesn’t understand why Mitchum and Geiser thought he held anti-police views.
“I was shocked and in disbelief. Furious,” he said Wednesday, adding he experienced a “whole range of emotions” in the aftermath. “It was very hard.”
Franklin County Prosecutor Chris Huerkamp announced late last month he had dismissed the charges, saying he was disturbed at the conduct of the investigation and arrest.
Thalheimer’s attorney, Judson McMillin said previously the officers got a search warrant after claiming they smelled marijuana on Thalheimer and his friend. They then arrested both people, later adding a rape charge based on an old allegation against Thalheimer that did not result in a prosecution.
Court documents claim Aleese Whitamore came forward saying the officers encouraged her to run against Thalheimer. She said previously she never wanted to run. Her testimony helped clear Thalheimer.
“Any time you start mixing police power with political preferences, you got major problems, and that’s what we had here,” McMillin said.
The incident forced Thalheimer to drop out of the race.
“I laid in bed for ten days. I didn’t go to work. My job suffered. I mean, there’s a lot of things going on at once,” he said. “And I was completely blindsided by the whole thing. I was never expecting that situation, and clearly wasn’t expecting the, you know, the allegation, that part, to be arrested for, because I was, I was dumbfounded by the whole thing.”
This is what follows from a culture that had long given police a sense of invincibility and being above the law.
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