Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Bryan Roach said Monday the fatal shooting of Aaron Bailey was not justified and the two officers responsible should be fired, the Indianapolis Star reports. Roach suspended officers Carlton Howard and Michal Dinnsen without pay and recommended their termination to the Civilian Police Merit Board. The officers’ use of deadly force against the unarmed black motorist was not justified, the police department said in a news release, and “rises to a level so far removed from accepted professional practice and community expectation that it severely damages public trust of its police department.”
Roach’s actions follow an internal administrative review by the department’s Firearms Review Board. The two officers appeared Friday in front of the board, which consists of three commanders, a lieutenant and a peer officer. The board later unanimously concluded that the officers did not follow department training and policy. Bailey fled a traffic stop in the early hours of June 29 and crashed his car. Dinnsen, who is white, and Howard, who is biracial, shot Bailey multiple times when they believed he was digging for a weapon and would not comply with their orders to show his hands, the special prosecutor’s report said. No weapon was found. A special prosecutor declined to bring criminal charges.