FOP president recuses himself after son’s arrest in IMPD evidence case

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 28, 2014) – The president of the Fraternal Order of Police has recused himself from any decisions regarding the organization’s defense of his son, an Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer who was arrested Thursday.

Thirteen criminal charges were filed against Cory Owensby, who’s accused of mishandling evidence and withholding evidence from IMPD’s property room. He’s the son of FOP President Bill Owensby.

In a statement released Friday, FOP Lodge No. 86 said Bill Owensby would abstain from any “professional involvement” regarding his son’s case.

The complete statement is below:

“Our collective membership was disappointed to learn of the arrest of Cory Owensby. This matter has been further compounded due to the relationship of FOP President William Owensby as the father of the member involved. The specific details of the criminal charges have not been published. We do not know if the allegations constitute truly criminal conduct, departmental violations or unintended negligence. We are compelled to await further specifics.

However, just as compelling is our belief in due process for the accused; whether a citizen, an elected official or a police officer. Everyone in our society deserves a fair and impartial review of their actions, including Cory Owensby.

With this in mind, the FOP President has taken assertive steps to ensure the integrity of any ongoing lodge processes. As a result, the President met with the FOP Executive Board Thursday evening in a regularly scheduled meeting and outlined his desire to abstain from any professional involvement specific to this matter. Therefore, any further review of the facts related to this situation will be facilitated by the FOP First Vice President, the FOP Executive Board and the overall membership of the Lodge.

We are and always have been a membership driven organization and our leadership acts in accordance with the direction of our membership. It is important to stress, at this time the situation is a private legal matter of the involved member.

Our city’s police officers are professionally trained and held to the highest of standards inclusive of intense public, peer and judicial review. These prescribed steps are in place and they should be followed based upon facts and due consideration. Therefore, we do not expect to have any further statement while these matters are adjudicated.

In the interim, we ask for our community’s continued support of our police officers while they continue to proudly serve our city and keep us safe.”