Possible clarity for controversial South Bend Police tapes 12 years later

Southe Bend Police Department

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Friday afternoon, a federal judge set a trial date to decide if the public will learn what's on the controversial South Bend Police tapes 13 years after they were recorded. 

The story was first reported by ABC57 in 2012 after news broke of South Bend's first black police chief, Darryl Boykins, being forced out of his seat by then mayor, Pete Buttigieg.

The police communications director, Karen Depaepe, was fired as well, with Buttigieg citing concerns over a federal investigation. 

It all goes back to recordings heard by Depaepe, which she described as racist, unethical, and maybe illegal comments, on the internal phone system.

See ABC57's Annie Kate's full coverage to see when content of the tapes could come be revealed, as well as other local news stories from around Michiana tonight at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on ABC57 and streaming on ABC57.com.

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