January 8, 2019

Indy Mayor Replaces Three Police Merit Board Members Who Cleared Officers Involved In Aaron Bailey Shooting

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach requested two officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man be fired last year, which members of the Police Merit Board rejected. Now, three members who voted against the Chief have been replaced. - Drew Daudelin/WFYI, file

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach requested two officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man be fired last year, which members of the Police Merit Board rejected. Now, three members who voted against the Chief have been replaced.

Drew Daudelin/WFYI, file

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Monday he appointed three new members to the board that handles disciplinary actions, and some other administrative decisions, for the police department.

The Police Merit Board drew attention last year when it voted not to fire two officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. That decision was criticized by Police Chief Bryan Roach, who requested their firing, and by the mayor.

Hogsett's appointees replace three board members who voted not to fire the officers.

The new members are Dianna Ferguson-Mosley, a former police lieutenant, Frank Sullivan, Jr., a former Indiana Supreme Court justice, and Jennifer Drewry, a former federal law clerk and current vice president at Sun King Brewing Company.

Hogsett also re-appointed one person to the seven-member board – Joseph Slash. Slash was one of two board members who voted to fire the officers in the shooting case.

Two other spots on the board are filled by active members of the police department, and the last is named by the Indianapolis City-County Council.

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