IMPD chief prepares to meet with review board to consider disciplinary actions against officers who shot Aaron Bailey

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A St. Joseph County Special Prosecutor will not file charges against two IMPD officers involved in the June shooting death of Aaron Bailey.

Aaron Bailey's family shared this photo he took after finishing a recent marathon.
Aaron Bailey's family shared this photo he took after finishing a recent marathon.

Special Prosecutor Kenneth Cotter believed there wasn't enough evidence to merit charges in the shooting.

Cotter said, "Based upon the results of the investigation as outlined above, there is insufficient evidence to refute either the officer's claim of subjective fear or the objective reasonableness of that fear."

Aaron Bailey, 45, was shot and killed by officers June 29th after he drove away from a traffic stop.

No weapon was ever found on him or in his car.

Bailey's family and supporters held rallies on the 29th of each month in downtown Indianapolis asking for justice in the case.

Bailey's family has filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Indianapolis, IMPD, and the two officers involved, Carlton Howard and Michael Dinnsen.

Aaron Bailey's daughter, Erica, told reporters Tuesday she felt like the system ailed her family. Erica Bailey said the decision doesn't make any sense to her family at this time.

On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police chapter issued this statement:

"On Tuesday October 31, 2017, the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #86 learned of the decision of the Special Prosecutor to not file charges in the investigation related to the Police Action Shooting on June 29, 2017. FOP President, Rick Snyder, issued the following statement:

“Anytime officers respond to tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving events which require law enforcement intervention and a life is lost, it is a tragedy. We ask our community to join in our prayers for the Bailey family and for the Officers involved and their families. Appropriate scrutiny and concern about the actions of police officers is warranted and everyone must ensure that we gather all the facts related to any such incident. We value a full review and fair process for everyone and appreciate the due diligence of the Special Prosecutor who examined all of the facts and determined that the involved officers acted within the law. Officers work hard every day to protect the public and prevent crime. The job they do is difficult and requires them to make split second decisions. As we collectively move forward, our Indianapolis police officers remain committed to protecting our city in ongoing service to our residents and visitors.”

IMPD Chief of Police Bryan Roach addressed the media Wednesday. He said the officers could appear before the department's firearms review board later this week.

The review board will meet Friday to begin assessing whether Dinnsen and Howard followed department policies.

"If there are any policy violations, any discipline that occurs is my responsibility," said Roach Wednesday morning. "That discipline can run a gamut. I'm prepared to make that decision based on the information that's given to me."

The officers will remain on administrative duties until he makes a decision on what, if any, disciplinary actions, the officers will face.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett issued a statement regarding Tuesday's decision:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the death of Mr. Bailey, including his family and those who called him a friend. At the outset of this process, I made a commitment to the community that immediately upon conclusion of the criminal investigation, IMPD would launch a full administrative review into the actions that led to this police action shooting. I intend to follow through with that commitment.

Effective immediately, I have asked Chief Bryan Roach to gather all evidence from the Special Prosecutor’s investigation along with any other available materials to begin that process. I have also asked that the review be expedited so that an administrative decision can be rendered as quickly as is responsible.

I offer my heartfelt thanks to faith and community leaders for their patience and leadership over the last four months, and I urge those who have been moved to action by these events to continue to challenge our city to do more to earn and sustain trust between Indianapolis neighborhoods and our police department.”

The Indianapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter posted their disappointment on social media.



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