A fight between a Chicago man and an Elkhart police officer has sparked a lively discussions among readers.
According to court documents, Cpl. Dustin Young was punched in the face at least 15 times in an altercation in the 100 block of West Garfield Avenue on Thursday, July 3, after asking Reese Haithcox, who had been standing in the street and blocking traffic, for identification.
Residents in the area where the altercation occurred said the police department stepped up patrols in the neighborhood over the holiday weekend and were issuing tickets for minor infractions.
The issue inspired debate among Elkhart Truth readers. Some said police would be justified in increasing their presence in the area, while others said the department was harassing citizens.
What do you think of the situation? What can be done to improve the relationship between police and the residents in the neighborhood?