June 1, 2020

Protests Continue And Use Of Force Addressed

Monument Circle this weekend. (Jill Sheridan WFYI)

Monument Circle this weekend. (Jill Sheridan WFYI)

Indianapolis will be under curfew for another night in an effort to keep the city calm.

Groups of protesters demonstrated peacefully in Indianapolis thoughout the day Monday, but streets are ordered clear by 8 p.m. Officials and police say the move aims to prevent more violence.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett addressed concerns of instances involving police use of force in recent days.

"I have serious concerns about some of the interactions between our officers and protesters this weekend," says Hogsett. 

On Sunday a group of seemingly peaceful demonstrators was tear gassed, and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Randal Taylor apologized for that event.

He says he is also aware of videos showing police use of force and says they will be addressed.

"One of these videos shows force being used during an arrest of several individuals," says Taylor. "I’ve directed our internal affairs unit to immediately conduct a speedy investigation into this incident."

In response to the Marion County prosecutor's decision to not file charges against 41 non-violent protestors, Taylor says those arrests were warranted.

"The arrests were valid," says Taylor. "Especially those that had to do with curfew violations."

The second night of curfew will lift early at 4 a.m. June 2, Election Day, to allow people to prepare to vote when polls open at 6 a.m. 

 

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