An Entire Town's Police Force Just Resigned

While accusing town council of 'unethical and immoral things'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2016 2:54 PM CST
Updated Dec 15, 2016 1:03 AM CST
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Michael Thomison   (GoFundMe)

A small Indiana town is entirely without a police force after a series of resignations Monday. (Editor's note: Criminals, please don't read any farther.) The AP reports Bunker Hill's town marshal and four unpaid reserve deputies submitted their letters of resignation during Monday's town council meeting. In his letter of resignation, town marshal Michael Thomison accused the council of asking him and his deputies to "be involved in illegal, unethical, and immoral things," according to the Kokomo Tribune. Those activities included requests for confidential information and criminal background checks on fellow council members. Thomison tells Fox 59 deputies were threatened when they refused those requests and were forced to share one set of body armor while dealing with criminals.

Thomison says he "felt like [council members] were serving their own agenda." “The town has refused to educate themselves on how to run a town; they continue to carry out their personal agendas," he tells the Tribune. Thomison says he was also personally wronged by the council. After being diagnosed with cancer last year, he says the council informed him it would be making him part time to get out of providing his health insurance, which was "costing the town way too much money." When informed of the resignation of the town's entire police force, the council president said: "It is what it is." Bunker Hill's building commissioner and council vice president also resigned Monday. County deputies will patrol the town until a new marshal is hired. (Read more Indiana stories.)

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