The Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police voted Thursday to withdraw its legal assistance for embattled IMPD police officer David Bisard. Bisard is now responsible for all of his legal fees moving forward — including his existing case in 2010 and his latest drunk driving case.
It took FOP members about 90 minutes to come to a decision. FOP President, Bill Owensby, said Bisard violated the membership’s trust and responsibility.
“Legal assistance for David Bisard was rescinded by the membership of the order due to his recent personal conduct which has reflected discredit upon the lodge,” he said.
“This step should not be interpreted as a position regarding Mr. Bisard’s guilt or innocence related to any of the pending allegations.
“Instead, it represents a steadfast commitment to the trust and responsibility amongst our other 3000 active and retired members.”
The decision came just days after Bisard crashed into a speed limit sign, guardrail and light pole near his home in Lawrence Saturday afternoon. Court documents show Bisard had a .22 blood alcohol level– nearly three times the legal limit.
It is Bisard’s second alleged offense in three years. In 2010, the FOP voted to help provide Bisard with a lawyer after a crash that killed a motorcyclist and injured two others. Bisard’s legal defense has been one of the most expensive cases in FOP history.
Last year’s IMPD Officer of the Year, Detective Roger Gammon, wrote a letter to Bisard asking for his resignation for the good of the department. He also told Bisard to get professional help.
“Regardless of what happens in the two criminal cases you’re still going to have many years ahead of you to be a productive member of society and to be a great dad,” he wrote. “Alcohol did not go through osmosis or some bizarre miracle end up in two vials of your blood. There was no phlebotomist, chemist or officer who placed alcohol in the two vials of your blood just to get you in trouble.”