Ex-officer completes court program; misdemeanors dropped

A former police officer has entered a court program to have her criminal charges dropped if she meets all the requirements.

After being arrested earlier this year, Suzanne M. Binder, 37, of Greenwood, has left her job as an Indianapolis police officer and entered the pretrial diversion program for two misdemeanor charges.

Binder was arrested in January on charges of conversion and resisting law enforcement.

Police were called to the Meijer store on State Road 135 about a shoplifter walking away from the store.

An officer approached Binder in a nearby parking lot, but she wouldn’t stop walking. The officer eventually used a maneuver to get Binder to the ground, where she continued to fight him and told him she was an Indianapolis police officer.

Police said Binder had about $55 worth of sleep aids and vitamins that had been taken from the store in her backpack.

Binder, who was a 14-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at the time of her arrest, was suspended without pay after her arrest and the department was doing an investigation.

She has since left her job on a medical disability, according to the police department.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.