INDIANAPOLIS – Two officers of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were arrested on Friday on charges stemming from two separate incidents.
A 14-year veteran, Officer Jason Norman, was arrested in Hamilton County on charges of Domestic Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (L5 felony), Criminal Confinement (L5 felony) and Domestic Battery (Class A Misdemeanor).
Officer Nicholas Wroblewski, an 8-year veteran, was arrested in Marion County on charges of Official Misconduct (L6 felony) and Theft (Class A Misdemenor).
These investigations are not related and were conducted by the IMPD Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Chief Randal Taylor has made the following statement regarding the two incidents: “No Chief wants to be faced with the prospect of arresting their own officer, but law enforcement has a responsibility to do what is right and a sworn duty to protect our community. It is for this reason that we initiated and conducted these thorough investigations, and reached the difficult but necessary decision to request charges be filed in these cases. The officers arrested today have been placed on unpaid suspension. Additionally, I have made a recommendation to terminate the employment of both officers to the Citizens Police Merit Board. The events of recent days have led us to reaffirm our commitment to transparency and holding ourselves accountable to our community. We remain steadfast in that effort.”
A charge of a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.