The mayor of Michigan City, Indiana, city has been charged with several crimes including five felony counts of intimidation, two counts of false informing and felony misconduct, according to court records.
The charges come in response to a dispute involving Mayor Ron Meer and the leaders of the Michigan City Police Dept., following the arrest of Meer's step-son Adam Bray.
Police Chief Mark Swistek and two assistant chiefs announced their resignation on Oct. 24, after Meer requested that the police department withdraw its participation in the LaPorte County Drug Task Force, the joint law enforcement unit that arrested his step-son.
Meer claimed the arrest of his step-son was politically motivated, according to WNDU, the NBC affiliate in South Bend.
The judge originally set to hear Meer’s case, Judge Richard Stalbrink, recused himself because his wife is corporation counsel for Michigan City.