Real life can sometimes seem stranger than fiction, and this story is one of those moments.
An entire Indiana town has no police officers after every single one of them walked off the job because of their disdain for the Town Council.
The Town Council of Bunker Hill, Indiana, with a population of 888 people, would make constant budget cuts and was allegedly forcing the police with “illegal, unethical, and immoral” requests.
As if it were a scene out of a movie, they all walked off the job and plan on never returning.
The Bunker Hill town police force included Marshal Thomison and his four deputies, who all blame the Bunker Hill Town Council for the situation.
According to a Fox 59 affiliate in Indianapolis:
Thomison served as town marshal for four years until Monday night when he and four other officers handed over resignation letters to the council, telling them they have had enough. “They would not communicate with us or the officers and they kept scaling back,” said Thomison.
In their resignation letters, the officers accuse council members of asking them to “do illegal, unethical, and immoral things.” They cited examples like asking police to run background checks on other town councilors to find their criminal history.
The officers also claim they were threatened when they said no. Another issue they brought up in the letter was their safety.
The officers say they were all forced to share one set of body armor, putting their lives on the line while they were out making arrests and serving warrants.
“I did not want to send someone out there with bad body armor so I would take mine off and provide it to the other officers.
I told them we have to provide this, there is an IC code that explains that and says that the town has to provide that body armor,” said Thomison.
Of course, the Bunker Hill Town Council offered a rebuttal statement that their disagreements with the officers were caused by a lack of funding, and point the finger back at the police force instead of taking responsibility.
The Town Council statement to the residents read:
“Like most small towns, there have been from time to time, disagreements in the policy making process between the Town Council and other town departments.
The current Town Council, as well as prior councils have, on occasion, had disagreements with Mr. Thomison over a number of things. These disagreements have primarily been caused by the lack of funding available to the town to invest in the police department.
However, the council denies that it has failed to provide body armor for the marshal or reserve deputies. The council is well aware of Indiana law on the topic and has complied with it fully.
Further, the council absolutely denies that it has ever asked Mr. Thomison or any of the reserve deputies to be involved in any illegal, unethical or immoral actions.
The council admits that it had made a number of cuts to the police department over the last few years. This was a decision the town made due to a lack of funding.
Bunker Hill is diligently working to solve this problem for the coming year. The cuts made to the police department were not made with the intention of jeopardizing the safety of any of the town’s police officers.
Over the last few years, the council has made attempts to find additional money for the department. Mr. Thomison was instrumental in obtaining a large sum of money on behalf of the town. However, he fails to state that the police department received the benefit of a large portion of that funding.
The resignation of the entire police force has come as a shock to the council. It has never been the goal to dismantle or otherwise endanger the town police department or officers.
The council thanks these officers for their service to the town. Bunker Hill is in the process of obtaining a new marshal and reserve deputies. The council asks for patience from the town residents in this process.”
And the Town Council isn’t even trying to reconcile the problem? They’re just going to hire a whole new police force?
Maybe they should fire themselves if they’re so incompetent and lousy at their jobs.
In fact, their jobs should be the first thing affected when “budget cuts” happen in a small town.
I guess now is the time to break the law in Bunker Hill.