INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 22, 2015)– The head of security for Tindley Accelerated Schools, himself a former top city cop and current Marion County Sheriff’s Reserve captain, has been cleared of charges that he battered a student at Arlington High School in November.
Bill Benjamin, who retired in 2011 as a deputy chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department with a reputation for working the streets and arresting killers and gang members, was the subject of a teenager’s complaint and sheriff’s department internal and criminal investigation.
At the conclusion of a two-month long Marion County Sheriff’s Department probe, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office concluded that Benjamin did not batter Javonte Williams, 17, when the student was admittedly unruly before school one morning.
The prosecutor’s review of the probable cause affidavit filed by the sheriff’s department found Williams was abusive and disrespectful and Benjamin’s actions were appropriate to bring the youth under control.
“He shouldn’t have done that,” Williams told CBS4 News after his arrest for disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. “I feel like that was unnecessary because I didn’t do anything.”
In his report, Benjamin wrote, “Javonte Williams was very disrespectful and used abusive language towards me.”
Tindley Charter Schools rules permit its security chief to forcibly remove any student deemed to be a threat to the educational environment or other students.
“I grabbed him and placed one handcuff on him as he was resisting,” wrote Benjamin.
Williams admitted he was argumentative with the officer.
“I’m like, ‘This is f****ing crazy,’” he told CBS4 News. “He came back over and was like, ‘What did you say?’ and I’m like, ‘The f*** are you serious?’ and that’s when he pulled me.”
Williams’ mother Nakia Bradford claimed, “His face was pushed into the window with enough force to where his nose was busted.”
In his report, Benjamin wrote that he did, “ask Javonte M. Williams was he injured. His reply was ‘no.’”
Williams said he was not injured and appeared in good health the next day at school as observed in a surveillance video reviewed by CBS4 News.
Benjamin was placed on administrative leave at MCSD, his gun, badge, car, radio and police powers were taken after the incident.
As director of security, Benjamin remained on duty at Tindley and its schools but was restricted in his ability to make arrests.
Tindley issued a statement supporting Benjamin and reconfirming his position and authority as security director.
Benjamin told CBS4 News that he was relieved the investigation and unfounded allegations were behind him.
Williams was not suspended for his role in the confrontation.