Evansville Courier & Press (IN) - August 28, 2009
Author/Byline: CHARLES WILSON, Associated Press Section: Metro Page: A9
INDIANAPOLIS - Juvenile justice experts said Thursday that the racial disparity in young offenders in Indiana is alarming and cited new data that show black youth are far more likely to be placed in detention centers than whites when arrested for similar offenses.
About 200 judges, social workers and other experts from Indiana and other states gathered in Indiana-
polis to discuss how to handle the state's racial disparities in the arrest and prosecution of juveniles. The meeting was an outgrowth of a state commission's report in October about youth services in the state.
Russ Skiba, director of the Equity Project at Indiana University, said preliminary figures based on 2008 data show that black youth were on average about three times as likely to be arrested than other races.
He also found that blacks were more likely to be detained for minor offenses such as disorderly conduct or violating probation than whites, and were much more likely to be sent to detention centers than white youth arrested for similar offenses.
His data showed that blacks overall were about twice as likely as other races to be detained and that blacks were more than six times as likely to be detained for drug offenses - even though they were arrested for such crimes less often than whites.
Evansville Courier & Press (IN) - October 18, 2009
Author/Byline: GAVIN LESNICK, STAFF WRITER Section: Metro Page: A1 Correction: Pub. 10/20/09 - A report on Page A1 of Sunday's Courier & Press contained an error. The Evansville Police Department agreed to provide a copy of former officer Martin Montgomery's department photo.
Martin Montgomery had the makings of a promising career on the Evansville Police Department.
Still fairly new to the force and assigned to the West Sector night shift, Montgomery, a Gibson County native, already had made a name for himself among his peers and supervisors.
In 2007, a little more than a year after being sworn in alongside 10 other new hires, Montgomery helped save a man who tried to hang himself from a tree. Montgomery hoisted him while a police sergeant untied the noose - an act that would earn both officers merit awards.
And in October 2008, Montgomery's good police work again caught the eye of his supervisors: He was named Officer of the Month for locating and then chasing a car driven by suspects in a home invasion robbery.
But only weeks after those arrests were made, Montgomery is alleged to have transformed from cop to criminal, using his power and position to assault two women he encountered while patrolling.