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Hearing rescheduled for officer facing disciplinary action
Posted on June 25, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 25, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart City Board of Public Safety rescheduled the hearing for an Elkhart police officer accused of having failed to follow standard procedure in a domestic violence case.

Cpl. Brian Chomer’s attorney requested the hearing be continued to July 17, eight days after the hearing was originally scheduled. The board accepted the request and rescheduled the hearing to the date requested. Chomer faces a 15-day suspension without pay as disciplinary action for allegedly violating certain rules from the police department.

Letters filed to the board of safety by the Elkhart Police Department allege that on May 4, Chomer was working at the front desk of the police station when a woman came in saying she had been a victim of domestic violence caused by her ex-boyfriend.

The letters say Chomer failed to investigate the situation and take the appropriate precautions to ensure the victim’s safety. Another officer followed up on the case and found that the ex-boyfriend was still living in the house with the victim. The ex-boyfriend is accused of criminal deviate conduct, threat of force, domestic battery with a prior violation and interfering with reporting a crime.

As part of the disciplinary process, Chomer can request to be represented by counsel and to present evidence in his case.

Police Chief Dale Pflibsen recommended the board give Chomer a 15-day suspension without pay. But the board may determine other disciplinary actions, if any, such as demotion, dismissal or suspension.