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Ind. Chief Fired Over Handling of Controversy

The Greenwood police chief has been removed from the department over his handling of an officer accused of drunkenly arguing with a man in public. Greenwood Mayor Charles Henderson announced Friday that Chief Joe Pitcher was no longer with the department and that Assistant Chief David Mertz had resigned, 6News' Joanna Massee reported. Henderson said he did not like the way Pitcher and Mertz handled the investigation of Officer Nick Dine in November. Dine was accused of unholstering his gun and making disparaging comments toward a man who questioned the officer about leaving a baby in his vehicle when he was off-duty. When police arrived, an officer said he smelled alcohol on Dine and asked him to submit to a portable breath test, but Dine refused, police said. Henderson originally removed Pitcher from the investigation after he said he told officers to bring Dine to his house for counseling, but then offered him a drink.

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