Key player in police tapes investigation, Karen DePaepe, speaks out

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- We are following breaking news in the investigation surrounding the City of South Bend, and tape recordings made at the police department.

Those tape recordings prompted the demotion of Police Chief Darryl Boykins, and the firing of Communications Director Karen DePaepe.

The mayor has refused to discuss the case repeatedly, despite inconsistencies and dozens of requests.

In a statement released late Friday afternoon, he said he still can't address the investigation.

But he said "the South Bend Police Department is now fully compliant with the Federal Wiretap Act" and the issues involving the recordings "have been corrected... and he now considers the matter closed."

It's anything but closed for those who were punished.

Both Boykins and DePaepe said they were never told they did anything wrong.

On Friday afternoon, ABC57's Jason Aubry talked to DePaepe and her lawyer.

DePaepe claims she's been punished for finding the problem.

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