NewsLocal News / August 11, 2015

Family Members of Andre Green Question Police Account of Fatal Shooting

Family members of the 15-year-old boy fatally shot by Indianapolis police gathered downtown for a vigil last night.Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Andre Green2015-08-11T00:00:00-04:00
Family Members of Andre Green Question Police Account of Fatal Shooting

Monica Lamb, an aunt of Andre Green at a vigil Tuesday night.

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Family members of the 15-year-old boy fatally shot by Indianapolis police gathered downtown for a vigil last night.

About two dozen relatives mingled in Momument Circle with posters and pictures of Andre Green, briefly chanting "justice for Andre!"

Police say Green was part of an armed-carjacking Sunday night shortly before his deadly encounter with police are asking for transparency from police.

Angelique Jackson, who identified herself as an older cousin of Green, says he wanted to go back to school and clean up, "but he was cheated out of his life, cheated out of his life by the police and now they’re trying to bring up his faults and things that he’s done, but he’s a teenager.

Green crashed the stolen vehicle into a police car on a dead-end street and refused to get out of the car, according to IMPD, which is when police opened fire and Green was killed. IMPD vehicles do not have dashboard cameras and no other video of the incident is known of. Two other suspects that were in the car and fled before the shooting haven’t been located yet.

Family members and witnesses have refuted parts of the story presented by police so far. IMPD say Green was a “troubled” teen with a criminal past.

"He wasn't a thug," said Green's aunt, Monica Lamb.

He was a runaway, but a good kid going through something, she said. "He was born on a curvy road and hit a bump," Lamb added.

Three officers were involved in the incident and they've been put on administrative leave. They will be questioned by internal affairs after a 72-hour calm down period, which IMPD command says is best practice.

Black leaders are calling for the city's police department to equip all its officers with body cameras.

The Rev. Charles Harrison of the Ten Point Coalition said Tuesday the city needs to outfit all of its officers with body cameras to protect both officers and the public. Indiana Black Expo President Tanya Bell said it would "provide more transparency for our community."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

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