May 6, 2021

One Year Since Police Killings In Indianapolis

One Year Since Police Killings In Indianapolis

One year ago, three young people were killed by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers in the matter of hours in the city. 

It started with a police chase. 21 year-old Dreasjon Reed streamed the chase live on Facebook before getting out of his car and running from IMPD Officer Dejoure Mercer.  Mercer shot him, after Reed reached for his gun, according to the investigation.

Later that night, 19 year-old McHale Rose called 911 and reported a burglary. The investigation found that when police arrived, Rose shot at them with a rifle. The officers returned fire killing him.

On the same night,23 year-old Ashlynn Lisby and her unborn child were killed when she was struck by an IMPD officer on his way to work. It was found to be an accident.

The deaths of Reed and Rose sparked protests that week and became prominent names in continued social justice protests last summer.

The law firm that represented the family of Dreasjon Reed requested the FBI revisit the case. In a letter to the Department of Justice an attorney says the case presents many parallels to other incidents where Black men have been killed by police. 

The local Black Lives Matter chapter Indy 10 has been holding a week of action this week. 

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