Dateline: Wed 06 Nov 2013

It came as no surprise that David Bisard, canine officer for Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, was found guilty on all nine counts of drunken driving, reckless homicide, etc. in Fort Wayne.

That is, it came as no surprise after reading the Indianapolis Star's reporting throughout the trial by John Tuohy, with an occasional assist.

I was in the "prove it" camp, after hearing thru the grapevine that even the Indianapolis firefighters (notoriously not best friends of the police), believed that Bisard's blood draw was "bad." The word was that Bisard did not blow a .19, because the technician who took the blood -- at a facility not authorized for such a draw -- had swabbed his arm with alcohol.

In the trial, it all came out: yes, there was initiarlly a bad swab, but then the other arm was used. The blood, while tampered with by police (the vial was left out of refrigeration for a time, etc) never had its seal broken.

Most damning in my view was the testimony of the blood-alcohol expert who works for Sweden and said that the facts of the blood draw could not be twisted. As long as the blood was sealed, the alcohol content factor was correct -- .19. He further hammered the nails into the coffin by explaining that David Bisard need not have appeared drunk at the accident scene -- something stated over and over -- if in fact he had begun drinking heavily the night before, then tapered off in the morning with a couple shots. He was "coming off a binge," not going into one. Which, especially for an adult, serious drinker, could allow for an appearance of sobriety.

But the blood draw itself could not lie.

Early on, a woman whose son is a a canine officer (as was Bisard) said it was a shame that Bisard spoiled it for the rest of them....meaning other police. More of a shame and in fact a tragedy is that he killed one man and left two other people seriously injured.

Terry Curry, our prosecutor, was right to proceed with trial. I think both sides put up a valiant show, but in the end, the facts were irrefutable for the jury.

And to think, they did not even know about his second DWI last April.



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2013-11-07 15:27:24

hendy [Member] said:

So very sad. The local gendarmes seemed to do their best to mess things up so as to seemingly cover for Bisard.

2013-11-08 07:19:02

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2013-11-10 21:15:08

Tom Greenacres [unverified] said:

At best, Bisard recklessly killed a man and badly injured others. Cop or not, drunk or not, he has to be punished for that.

2013-11-12 09:01:39

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