NewsLocal News / May 18, 2018

City-County Councilors React To Decision To Retain Officers Who Killed Aaron Bailey

City-County Councilors React To Decision To Retain Officers Who Killed Aaron BaileyIndianapolis City-County Councilor William Oliver is the latest to respond to the merit board decision to not fire two IMPD officers who fatally shot Aaron Bailey, an unarmed man. Aaron Allan, Indianapolis City-County Council, William Oliver, IMPD2018-05-18T00:00:00-04:00
City-County Councilors React To Decision To Retain Officers Who Killed Aaron Bailey

Indianapolis City-County Councilor William Oliver demonstrated reaching for a cell phone and registration in his car during a press conference outside his home.

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Indianapolis City-County Councilor William Oliver was the latest Friday to protest a merit board’s decision not to fire the two IMPD officers who shot and killed Aaron Bailey last year.

The officers say Bailey, who was in his car, ignored calls to cooperate and was seen digging in his center console. They argue this movement was reasonably perceived as a man retrieving his gun. But no gun was later found.

Oliver told reporters he thinks the officers reacted in fear and failed to follow their training.

Sitting in a vehicle outside his home, Oliver mimed reaching for a cell phone and registration.

"I fear they’ll tell me to reach over and get my registration, like this. I fear if I touch something, my cell phone or any object," Oliver said. "I fear their fears will cost me my life.”

The merit board decision to retain the officers came May 10, months after Chief Bryan Roach’s recommendation that they be fired.

Council members from both parties Thursday announced a series of upcoming community meetings to discuss police-community relations. 

 

 

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