Peru, IN – Officers from the Peru Police Department responded to report of a physical fight with one subject unconscious in the area of Logan and North Fremont Streets on Friday, June 8, 2018, that ended with the arrest of a Peru man on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s office, PPD Sergeant Jeremy Brindle responded to the report of the fight approximately 9:14 p.m. last Friday night. While at the scene, other officers advised a subject involved in the fight was at a different location. Sergeant Brindle immediately proceeded to that location and upon arrival saw several civilians standing in the front yard of a residence around several PPD officers who were already on scene.
While standing by with officers on scene, Sergeant Brindle saw a male subject known to him from prior police contact as twenty-five-year-old Ernest G. McCord, Jr. walking towards and yelling at the officers. After Brindle advised the man stop yelling and walk away. The man continued to yell and this time made a physical threat against the officers. For a second time, Sergeant Brindle advised the make to stop yelling and walk away. The man again continued yelling and made a threat directly toward Sergeant Brindle stating “I will beat your (expletive).” The word was redacted from the report by the Prosecutor’s Office.
Sergeant Brindle then advised Mr. McCord to turn around and place his hands behind his back. McCord refused and started walking away. Officer Brindle then attempted to place McCord into handcuffs but McCord resisted and pulled away. Other officers on the scene had to assist and McCord continued to struggle. Following giving the man a taser warning, Officers administered the taser to McCord which allowed them to finally place him in handcuffs for arrest. While officers were arresting McCord, the other subjects in the area had to be held back by officers so they would not get involved according to Brindle’s report.
After McCord calmed down, he was advised that he was being placed under arrest and he was then transported to the Miami County Jail by a MCSD Deputy without any additional problems.
Ernest G. McCord, Jr., 25 of Peru Indiana was booked on charges of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. No other arrests were made in connection with the original call and McCord was not charged in that fight.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.