Media Contact

Ariella Sult, Director of Communications,

May 7, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS - Police officers fatally shot Dreasjon Reed last night near Michigan and 62nd street, in Indianapolis. Police have said the man opened fire after a car chase, but disturbing live video taken on Reed’s phone of the incident has concerned many members of the community.

ACLU of Indiana Statement:
“We join many in the community by calling for a prompt, thorough, and transparent investigation into the deadly shooting of
Dreasjon Reed. The public deserves to get a detailed account of why this man was shot and what actions Indianapolis Police took to avoid yet another fatal shooting.

“Whether someone is unarmed or armed, compliant or resistant, police officers should be properly trained in de-escalation tactics and turn to the use of force only as a last resort, not a first option.

“We see time and time again that excessive force by police disproportionately impacts black and brown community members. Law enforcement in Indiana should treat all communities with dignity, employ restraint on police power, and use only the degree of force necessary to maintain the community’s safety. Transformational changes are desperately needed in our approach to public safety.