Officer accused of backing into woman

December 16, 2010

A police officer accused of being verbally abusive toward a woman and hitting her with his patrol car appeared before the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Board of Captains on Wednesday to determine whether he’ll be disciplined. Renee Jay Swindle said the incident occurred last summer outside a south-side auto parts store when she confronted patrolman Oliver Clothier about leaving two children unattended in his vehicle. Clothier cussed her out and backed into her when she tried to write down his license plate number, she said. The board makes disciplinary recommendations to Chief Paul Ciesielski, who’ll determine what action to take.