Clarksville officer accused of theft files protection order against chief

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated a little league football program was stolen from. The program referenced in this story is not affiliated with little league. The story was changed to say youth football program.

CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Clarksville Police Officer on unpaid leave from the department is now filing a protection order against his chief in court. The action comes months after that officer was charged with stealing from a youth football program. Joseph Hoskins said the theft was an accident and he paid the money back.

Now Hoskins’ attorney said the Clarksville Chief of Police is threatening his client by asking him to make a statement or lose his job.

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"We are asking the judge in the criminal case to give us an order prohibiting and stopping the chief of police from going forward and violating my client's constitutional rights," Larry Wilder, Hoskins’ attorney, said.

Wilder said the Clarksville Chief of Police Mark Palmer is threatening his client, demanding Hoskins make a statement to the department's internal investigation board or lose his job.

"They're threatening now to terminate him if he refuses to give up his constitutional rights, to sit down in front of this internal investigation board, and make statements. I'm not going to let that happen," Wilder explained.

Wilder calls the threats retaliation.

He said they came after he asked the chief to turn over information like cell phone records and Facebook posts as part of the discovery in the case.

"Information we're entitled to, that should not be that difficult, that should not be hidden, that we should have, that's simple to gain," Wilder said.

He said the judge ordered the chief to release the information last week, but instead of records his client received a threat.

Now they're hoping the new order in the case will put it back on track and if passed by the judge, require the chief to stop what Wilder calls retaliation.

WHAS11 reached out to the Clarksville Police Department for comment and did not hear back.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated a little league football program was stolen from. The program referenced in this story is not affiliated with little league. The story was changed to say youth football program.

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