No Criminal Charges in Fatal Indianapolis Police Shooting

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There will be no criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Aaron Bailey, an unarmed black man, by two Indianapolis officers during a June traffic stop, a special prosecutor announced Tuesday, reports the Indianapolis Star. Metropolitan Police Chief Bryan Roach is outlining Wednesday the remaining steps of an internal police investigation, which can proceed now that the criminal investigation is finished.

The special prosecutor said there is insufficient evidence to refute officers’ statements that they feared for their lives. The announcement drew a tearful response from Bailey’s daughter, Erica, who said the “system has failed” her family. Bailey, 45, was shot and killed by officers Michal Dinnsen and Carlton Howard in the early morning of June 29. About 10 minutes after a traffic stop, Bailey led police on a short case that ended in a car crash, police said. The special prosecutor noted that the officers said Bailey did not respond to their commands to show his hands. They said Bailey reached into the vehicle’s center console before turning toward one of the officers. The officers then fired repeatedly. The FBI opened a civil rights investigation into the case.

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