“Mr. Battle was a drug dealer, while at the same time serving as a public official. He was elected to uphold the law and instead conspired to break it. ” US Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch
September 11, 2018-Former East Chicago Councilman Robert “Coop” Battle sentenced to 20 years in federal prison by US District Court Philip Simon. Battle entered a guilty plea to the charge of discharging a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, causing death of another person, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
Battle made national news in October 2015 after he shot Reimundo Camarillo in the back, killing him. It was revealed that Indiana law is ill equipped to deal with the removal of a council member, even for murder. Battle collected his paycheck on the State’s highest paying council while sitting in jail for months until he could be officially expelled from the Council.
According to documents filed in the case, federal agents began investigating Battle in April, 2015-months before the shooting. Agents performed a traffic stop which involved a seizure of a large quantity of drugs and cash in September 2015. According to that statement from US Attorney Kirsch, Battle then began working with federal agents and attempted to make a controlled purchase from Camarillo. Camarillo did not show for the controlled purchase but later showed up at Battle’s East Chicago residence. “
“On October 12, 2015 Battle and Camarillo had an argument outside of Battle’s residence where Battle shot Camarillo in the back, killing him” according to the statement.