Church official faces 'baiting' charges

August 3, 2010

Investigators are considering pressing charges against James Harrington, an official with Mount Vernon Community Baptist Church, for allegedly baiting a white officer to see how he would respond to two African-American men fighting. Police Sgt. Matthew Grimes was hurt in the incident, which took place July 24 at the Municipal Gardens public recreation facility on the near-north side of Indianapolis. He injured his back while trying to break up the staged fight.