State defers to feds in case against Elkhart officers

Elkhart police officers Cory Newland and Joshua Titus

ELKHART — The Elkhart County state prosecutor, at the request of the U.S. attorney's office, is dismissing pending battery charges against two police officers seen on surveillance video repeatedly punching a handcuffed man in the city lockup.

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana has filed formal indictments for a civil rights violation against Cory Newland and Joshua Titus for their actions in the January 2018 battery of a man in police custody at the Elkhart Police Department.

Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Vicki Elaine Becker last fall had charged both Newland and Titus in state court, cases that had been proceeding through the pretrial process. The actions are also proceeding through the pretrial process in the federal system.

Federal prosecutor Thomas L. Kirsch II had asked the state to dismiss its proceedings to allow federal proceedings to develop to conclusion.

Accordingly, the state is dismissing its pending cases against Newland and Titus "so as not to interfere with the Federal case, nor violate statutory deadlines in the State cases," Becker said in a news release Thursday.

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FlyNavy

This will not end well.

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