INDIANAPOLIS — There no longer are any cops on the streets of Bunker Hill, Ind., because the town’s entire police force quit.
Town Marshal Michael Thomison and all four of his unpaid reserve deputies submitted their letters of resignation, leaving the town of 888 people without local law enforcement, The Kokomo Tribune reported. The resignations stemmed from a dispute between Thomison and the town council.
Thomison sent the council a letter accusing its members of asking him to “be involved in illegal, unethical and immoral things over time.” Among his concerns: the council requesting background checks on city officials when it was not necessary, and also asking for confidential information.
“The town has refused to educate themselves on how to run a town, they continue to carry out their personal agendas to either run off the police department or make it so that it is impossible to work with or for them,” Thomison told The Kokomo Tribune.
Thomison also expressed frustration that there is not enough body armor for all of the deputies.
“The community will suffer, but I can’t continue to stay there when the support’s not there for the department or the reserve deputies,” he said.
The town released a statement, reading, “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.”
This is not the first time an entire police department has walked out. All four members of the force in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., quit in April because of a dispute with the town council, Fox 31 reported.
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