Former Akron police chief James Nice indicted on misdemeanor charge

AKRON, Ohio - Former Akron police chief James Nice was indicted Friday on a misdemeanor charge of attempted unauthorized use of property, according to court documents.

Nice resigned last August amid allegations of conduct unbecoming of an officer and inappropriate contact with a female officer. Nice also came under fire for making racially-charged comments to other officers.

An investigation was launched into the potential criminal misconduct of the former chief relating to an ongoing investigation of his nephew, Joe Nice. A special prosecutor was assigned to that investigation.

Joe Nice was accused of forging a title at an Akron auto lot where he worked. He was charged with theft, forgery and evidence tampering but the charges were later dropped.

Previously, Joe Nice said the former chief withheld evidence that would prove his innocence and that's what prompted the initial investigation.

The special prosecutor confirmed Friday that they had filed the misdemeanor charge. 

A court date has not been set.

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