Community leaders call for release of video showing deadly police shooting
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 7, 2016) — Some community leaders are calling for video showing a deadly officer involved shooting in Indianapolis to be released.
The IMPD says one of their officers was being assaulted by a domestic violence suspect Tuesday night, forcing the officer to shoot the suspect.
From the start, the IMPD promised complete transparency, but there is video of the fight that led to the shooting at this gas station and that has not been released to the public.
44-year-old Kevin Hicks, who was unarmed at the time, died after being shot.
For their part, police say video from the gas station shows the suspect attacking the officer.
“What is on camera is a fight that wasn’t dancing around. There were punches blows being thrown,” said IMPD deputy chief Valerie Cunningham.
During that scuffle police say the officer tried to back away and had a taser knocked from his hand before pulling the trigger.
While police described what they saw on the video, some say everyone should be able to see the deadly encounter for themselves.
“Transparency is important. It’s an inherit part of the police process,” said Curtis Godfrey.
Godfrey is running for Congress in the 7th district, but says releasing the video in this case is not about making a political statement.
He thinks seeing the video is important to ensure the public’s confidence.
“There’s no indictment of the police, but we want them to step forward so people can see the video and make an assessment on their own,” said Godfrey.
Officials with the IMPD said Wednesday the video may soon be released, but not if it would compromise the investigation.
They say the decision to release the video rests in part with prosecutor Terry Curry.
“That’s not really our decision. We are working with the prosecutor’s office. That video is evidence right now,” said Cunningham.
Police say the video does not show the moment of the shooting, only the fight that preceded it.
The officer injured suffered a bite to his hand, as well as a possible hand fracture and a possible concussion.
He remains on leave while the case is investigated.
Leaders in the African-American community are also set to rally on Monday to call for the release of the video.
Prosecutor Curry’s office has no plans to release the video at this point.
Police chief Troy Riggs was also not available to talk about the case on camera on Thursday.