Late Wednesday, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department released the dashboard camera video of the Nashville police cruiser driven by former reserve officer, Leonard Burch. Today, the family of 18-year-old Xavier Scrogham issues a tort claim notice to the Town of Nashville, Indiana. Such notice is a prerequisite of a lawsuit under Indiana state law when suing a governmental entity.
Yesterday, the Town of Nashville released a statement saying that Burch did not have police powers and that he was not authorized to drive a Nashville police car on August 29. “To hold the Town of Nashville liable, we must show that Burch was acting in the ‘course of his employment.’ Knowing this and in anticipation of a lawsuit, Nashville is disavowing Leonard Burch and throwing him under the proverbial bus,” said Trent A. McCain, the family’s lawyer.