SOUTH BEND – There’s a new development in a lawsuit related to the controversial tapes recorded at the South Bend Police Department that led to the demotion of the Police Chief and firing of a police department employee.
According to court documents, a federal judge has blocked the Common Council's request to keep the wiretapping case in circuit court, ruling the case belongs in federal court.
In September, the Common Council's attorney filed a motion in circuit court to get the tapes released.
There are allegations the tapes contain racially charged comments.
A separate filing related to this case is already in federal court.
It asks a judge to decide if the recorded conversations violate the Federal Wiretap Act.