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Adrian Riley steps down from Elkhart Roundtable activities

He did not agree with proposals released last week involving police relations, but said he quit for ’personal and professional’ reasons.

Posted on Aug. 18, 2014 at 2:07 p.m.

ELKHART — A member of the Elkhart Community Roundtable has resigned after it became public that he did not support a series of proposals on policing that were sent to the mayor.

Adrian Riley informed The Elkhart Truth Sunday night that he would step down from participating in the Roundtable for personal and professional reasons, and declined further comment.

Riley was part of the Roundtable’s action committee, which released a list of suggestions Thursday for Mayor Dick Moore to implement in an effort to improve police relations with neighborhoods in the city’s south central area.

Riley didn’t agree with the entire package of proposals and contacted city officials to let them know where he stood.

Moore then issued a statement suggesting others in the group beyond Riley might not have supported the proposals, which included the use of vest cams, more minority hiring and improved diversity training, among others.

The Roundtable issued a counter statement saying they had strong support for the proposals even if it was not unanimous.

Moore’s statement on Friday appeared to be a rejection of the proposals. He did not critique any of the specifics and said solutions need to be more well-rounded beyond police policies.

He said he is working with police and will eventually release a statement possibly containing his own suggestions.

Riley works for the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and said he intends to remain active in community activities.

The Roundtable began meeting several months ago in an attempt to find ways to reduce violent crime and then hosted a public meeting days after claims of harassment were made against police in the 100 block of West Garfield Avenue, where an Elkhart Police officer had been attacked on July 3.

Police contend they were responding to calls, but neighbors say it was in retaliation after a crowd did not intervene when Cpl. Dustin Young was attacked. A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack.

The public meeting included Riley as a panelist and addressed a wide variety of concerns among residents of the south central neighborhood.

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