The Indianapolis Star reports that on August 27, 1996, more than a dozen Indianapolis police officers gathered in the mayor's suite to watch a baseball game. Over the next three hours, the off-duty officers watched the game and consumed seven cases of beer. After the game and a brief stop at a downtown tavern, the officers began shouting racial slurs and making obscene gestures at passers-by on the street. Two motorists who took offense at the behavior confronted the officers. According to more than a dozen witnesses, some of the officers beat the motorists and two of the officers pulled handguns. In the days following the brawl, several of the officers involved in the incident tried to mislead investigators from the internal affairs division. Among those who proved to be less than candid was Indianapolis Police Chief Donald Christ, who initially tired to hide the fact that he had been with the officers at the game.