SOUTH BEND -- The Common Council is making another attempt for the release of some controversial police tapes that led Mayor Pete Buttigieg to demote former Chief Darryl Boykins and fire former police communications director Karen DePaepe.
The council's attorney, E. Spencer Walton, filed a motion Friday in St. Joseph Circuit Court to compel the mayor to release the tapes.
Council members voted last month to serve Buttigieg with a subpoena to release the tapes, which are rumored to contain conversations among officers talking about potentially criminal acts and making racial comments about Boykins, who is black.
The mayor, instead of responding to the subpoena, asked a federal judge to decide if it's legal to listen to the tapes. The FBI investigated the police department's recording practices earlier this year on suspicion that there had been violations of the Federal Wiretap Act.
A court hearing on the council's motion is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 24.