UPDATE: Michigan City officer back on the job after shooting investigation
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- A Michigan City police officer is back to work after a he shot a 20-year-old man in the back.
Patrolman Ronald Skibins shot Daniel Sherrod on Wednesday, June 20th.
The LaPorte County Prosecutor's office reviewed the Indiana State Police Department's investigation into the shooting of Sherrod. Robert Neary, the Chief Deputy Prosecutor in LaPorte County said at this point Patrolman Skibins has been cleared of any criminal wrong doing.
The 6 year veteran has been cleared by the Michigan City Police Chief to return to work at the police department. It is not sure whether Officer Skibins is assigned to his same patrol beat or if he is working inside the department. Calls to the police chief on Tuesday were not returned.
However the though of the officer being back on the force isn't sitting well with everyone.
The NAACP LaPorte County Chapter feels that Daniel Sherrod's rights may have been violated the night officer Skibins shot Sherrod in the back. Faye Moore, the Vice President of the NAACP LaPorte County Chapter said, "plus some of the other citizens are concerned that somebody can be shot in the back and nothing is going to happen to the officer."
The Indiana State Police took over the investigation as a Michigan City Police Department protocol simply because an officer was involved in the shooting. Just last week, the ISP findings were turned over to the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office for review.
"After reviewing the paperwork at this point there were no criminal charges against officer Ronald Skibins," said Chief Deputy Prosecutor Robert Neary. "I can not comment specifically on the investigation or what we reviewed to determine what happened with officer Skibins because it's tied into the criminal charges now against Daniel Sherrod, " said Neary.
The NAACP is meeting Tuesday night to find out what they can do to get this case looked at by the federal government. They are also planning a public peaceful rally in hopes of getting Michigan City youth and community members to stand united.
Daniel Sherrod's next court appearance is this Thursday in Michigan City where his attorney is expected to request a motion for a speedy trial.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Robert Neary said if the motion is granted the court will have 70 working days to set a trial date.