Prosecutor Cotter's decision not to press criminal charges against the IMPD police officers that killed Aaron Bailey doesn't change the facts: Aaron Bailey died unnecessarily, another casualty of excessive and deadly force by police against people of color.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Bailey's family, loved ones, and the community he leaves behind.
We must keep in front of us Aaron Bailey's memory and that of the many others killed by police in recent years.
Michael Brown. Philando Castile. Terence Crutcher. Alton Sterling. Tamir Rice. Aaron Bailey.
In 2016, Black males between 15 and 34 years old were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers. We are long past the time for Indiana and the country to demand accountability and change.
Those in public safety have a difficult job, and many police officers are respectful toward those they serve. But, we must confront how regularly communities of color experience racial profiling and abuse from local law enforcement, including here in Indiana.
The ACLU stands with those who continue to fight for racial justice.
To create the change we seek, the community and the police must come together now to build trust and ensure justice. Each and every community member must have a say in the way their neighborhood is policed. To move forward, police and the people they serve must collaborate, be transparent, and communicate around the shared goals of equality, fairness, and public safety.