Democrat City Councilman Robert Battle is behind bars in Valparaiso, Indiana, charged with drug possession and murder.
In November 2015, he ran for re-election in November — and won.
He was repeatedly asked to resign, with no avail, and he was sworn into office – from Porter County Jail.
“In the state of Indiana, it’s hard to imagine that city officials have ever had to do what they did on Friday: actually swear in an elected City Councilman while he sat behind bars on murder and drug charges.
“That’s the exact situation unfolding with Democrat Robert Battle, who won his reelection campaign in November, despite having just been arrested on charges from the federal government. He was sworn in from behind bars at Porter County Jail.
“In September, Battle was arrested on a charge of marijuana possession after law enforcement stopped him for speeding in a construction zone and found 40 grams of pot in his vehicle.
“A month later, Battle was charged in the shooting death of Reimundo Camarillo Jr. on October 12, 2015.”
Battle will continue collecting a $42,000 salary from behind bars until he resigns or is convicted guilty for the crimes with which he is charged.
The Daily Surge reports:
How is it that a murder suspect would still be able to run for office, let alone win an election. And, what does this say about Indiana Democrats?