Indianapolis police officer suspended, faces felony charge

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has announced an officer was suspended and stripped of his police powers after being charged with assisting a criminal and providing false information to investigators.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1LMGRFN) court records show Officer Jason Thomas was booked into the Marion County Jail on the charges Nov. 12. He has since been released on bond.

Prosecutors allege Thomas covered for his girlfriend, Amanda Nickless, who missed multiple court dates and violated a no-contact order that barring her from communicating with Thomas.

Nickless was arrested in April and charged with battery, criminal mischief and theft involving Thomas. Prosecutors say that while jailed, Nickless informed Thomas of the protection order, something he denied.

After Nickless posted bond and was released from jail, Thomas picked her up in his marked patrol car.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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