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Family of Dreasjon Reed files wrongful death lawsuit against city, IMPD

The lawsuit claims excessive force and wrongful death in the case.

INDIANAPOLIS — The family of Dreasjon Reed has filed a federal lawsuit against Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for his death.

Reed was shot and killed by IMPD Officer Mercer on May 6 after a vehicle pursuit. Reed streamed part of the police chase where he ended up stopping the car at 62nd and Michigan on the city's northwest side.

He then encountered an officer and was shot and killed while streaming on Facebook Live.

The lawsuit claims excessive force and wrongful death in the case.

According to attorneys for the family, they say "at the time of the shooting, Reed presented no immediate threat to Officer Mercer or anyone else," and that Reed did not fire at Mercer. 

Mercer has been with the department since 2016.  

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In the video streamed by Reed, at least 12 to 15 gunshots can be heard before someone says “police action shooting.”

The recovered shell casings came from two guns, according to IMPD Chief Randal Taylor.

“The magazines of both guns show bullets had been fired,” he said. “It appears the gun found near the individual was fired at least twice.”

The lawsuit also claims "failure to properly train, supervise, screen, discipline, transfer, counsel, or otherwise control officers who were known, or who should have been known, to engage in the use of excessive force," by IMPD and the city of Indianapolis. 

The lawsuit also mentions Scott's "callous disregard for the life" after Reed was shot. Scott was overheard saying “looks like it’s going to be a closed casket, homie,” during the stream of the incident. 

Scott received a five-day suspension without pay and has been reassigned in his duties. He has been with the department for 15 years.

Taylor, Adams, Mercer and Scott are all being sued in the lawsuit. 

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