Former Fort Wayne police officer pleads guilty to battery

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A former Fort Wayne police officer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of battery in Allen County Superior Court.

Indiana State Police started an investigation in March of 2019 after Charles Smith, 28, of Fort Wayne allegedly committed battery against a DUI suspect while in custody.

The investigation revealed that Smith punched the suspect multiple times after refusing a breath test, refusing a blood test and pulling away from Smith during a handcuff attempt.

Smith has resigned from the Fort Wayne Police Department.

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