INDIANAPOLIS – A veteran Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer accused of targeting minorities during traffic stops before taking their money learned his sentence.
David Butler was sentenced to eight years Friday. Four of those years were suspended. The judge ordered Butler to serve three years in the Department of Correction in addition to home detention and probation. He’ll also have to pay restitution and perform community service.
Butler, who’d been with the department for 23 years, was convicted on Feb. 7 on four felony counts, including two counts of robbery and two counts of official misconduct. The charges stemmed from incidents involving two Latino divers in 2011.
In one case, Butler pulled over a driver at a Marathon Gas station without explanation. He told the man to get out of his vehicle and stand at the rear, telling him to put his wallet and cell phone on the driver’s seat. The man said $700 was missing from his wallet when Butler left.
Investigators said Butler lied repeatedly about the encounter—even denying that he pulled the driver over—although surveillance footage confirmed the traffic stop. Butler later admitted that the traffic stop happened.
Butler’s first trial ended in a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict.
Butler plans to appeal.