SOUTH BEND – Another lawsuit connected to the wiretapping investigation at the South Bend Police Department has been filed in federal court.

This time it’s from former police chief Darryl Boykins. 

The 11 page suit is actually a countersuit to a federal lawsuit filed by four high ranking police officers and one of their wives last month. 

In the document, filed Oct. 12, Boykins denies he intercepted or ordered anyone to intercept or record those officers' phone conversations on a line in the detective bureau.

He also denies any allegations of wrongdoing the officers described in their lawsuit and says those officers lied to the United States Attorney and federal investigators when they first reported the alleged wiretapping earlier this year.

Boykins is claiming fraud, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg demoted Boykins and fired the department’s communications director, Karen DePaepe, in March, claiming federal authorities told him to in order to avoid federal prosecution in the wiretapping investigation.

In the lawsuit, Boykins also claims phone lines at the police department have been recorded as part of the normal course of business for decades, and every South Bend Police officer signs an agreement that there are no privacy rights when using department equipment. 

His side is another very different side to the wiretapping story than the one presented by Metro Homicide Commander Tim Corbett, Assistant Commander Dave Wells, now retired SBPD Detective Bureau Chief Steve Richmond and Capt. Brian Young and his wife Sandy in their suit last month.