IMPD officer arrested on felony domestic violence charges

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A 17-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) was arrested on Friday for felony domestic violence charges.

In June 2016, detectives with the IMPD Special Investigations Unit began to look into allegations of domestic violence disturbances involving John Constable, 45, and his ex-girlfriend.

A Probably Cause Affidavit for his arrest reveals Constable called the police on his ex-girlfriend and even filed a protective order against her claiming she had abused him in 2016.

But upon further investigation, IMPD officers found Constable had been controlling and abusive for years.

Court documents describe an incident in 2014 where Constable's ex-girlfriend was "trying to walk out the garage when he grabbed her from the back pulling her forcefully down to the concrete floor" and then "she struck the back of her head on the floor and (suffered) temporary loss of consciousness." She remembers hearing her daughters crying as Constable closed the garage door.

Police obtained the victim's medical records and learned she had suffered a whiplash injury from the fall. They also interviewed her doctor who said "I am very scared for her and her child and told her to leave immediately with her child and seek help at the Julian Center."

The victim didn't seek help. Court documents allege Constable pleaded her to stay quiet telling her his job was their daughter's future.

In April of 2015, court documents allege, Constable laid out "photos and 3 guns on the table.." and "picked up one of the guns and placed it to his head asking her why you do this to me."

He'd also told her that "she would have to explain to their daughter where her father is."

Even when her boss noticed bruises on her, the victims asked her "how she could tell the police on the police."

All of the incidents occurred over the course of more than two years at various locations in the Indianapolis area.

Following the investigation, detectives submitted their findings to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for a review of criminal charges.

Constable was charged with five felonies:

  • Battery with Moderate Bodily Injury, Level 6 Felony
  • Battery in the Presence of a Child, Level 6 Felony
  • Domestic Battery, Level 6 Felony
  • Intimidation, Level 6 Felony
  • Criminal Confinement, Level 6 Felony

Constable has been employed with IMPD since August 1999. He was most recently assigned to Northwest District as a Middle Shift Officer.

On September 30, Chief Troy Riggs suspended Constable without pay, with a recommendation for termination to be considered by the IMPD Merit Board.