One day suspension for veteran FWPD Officer who drew gun and taser

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A Fort Wayne Police officer who can be seen with his gun and taser drawn in a viral cell phone video was given a one day suspension for improper conduct.

A video shared with WANE15 news in August shows a 2 minute exchange between Officer Robert Abels and a group of people outside a home at 6422 Hazelett Road. Abels was responding to a domestic disturbance at the home.

Izaiah Galvan shot the video. It does not show the entire incident. 

The officer repeatedly points the Taser but keeps the firearm at his side in the video. At one point, the officer holsters his firearm then draws it again.

In the video, a man can be heard asking for the officer’s name and badge number, but the officer did not provide it. At one point, the officer said his name was “mother f—er.”

It was disclosed at an Oct. 4 Board of Public Safety meeting that Abels was given a 1-day suspension for failing to divulge his name and badge number and drawing his service weapon and gun while dealing with two individuals during an investigation. The suspension was unpaid.

Fort Wayne Police Spokesman Micheal Joyner said he also received remedial training at the police academy. It is unclear what that training involved. 

Abels is a 28-year veteran of the Fort Wayne Police Department. 

15 Finds Out obtained a copy of Abel’s personnel file. Abels was hired onto the police force in February 1990. Since then, he has been disciplined 15 times and suspended 10 times. Abels was reprimanded for misdemeanor charges, insubordination, and investigative negligence and  improper conduct among others. He has had two commendations. 

To view the disciplinary history, click here.

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