INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – During a press conference on Friday morning, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett outlined what he called “sweeping changes” to public safety policy in response to the shooting of Aaron Bailey.
Bailey was killed by officers following a police chase on June 29; he was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
Multiple investigations are underway, including a criminal and administrative investigation. There`s also a separate, outside FBI investigation.
Hogsett acknowledged the city`s response is critical in light of other incidents happening across the county.
“If a community does not bear witness together, if it chooses to look the other way in the face of a painful past, it risks it`s very soul… Today in Indianapolis we bear witness. Today, in Indianapolis, we act,” Hogsett said.
Hogsett proceeded to highlight five major changes he plans to make within IMPD in an effort to strengthen the trust between IMPD and the community and increase transparency in the policing process.
Those changes include:
- Implicit Bias Training: Hogsett says nationally recognized experts will be brought in for a new program to train officers.
- Creation of a Use of Force Review Board: He says IMPD will create a board that will review any use of force – including firearms, tasers or anything physical.
- Creation of an Office of Diversity and Inclusion: This will be included within the IMPD Training Academy.
- Training Curriculum Review and Reform: He will bring in legal experts to analyze training for all officers, for both current and new officers.
- Community Review of the Citizens Police Complaint Board: This board is already in place, but Hogsett is calling on community and faith leaders to review their process.
“There is no such thing as too much accountability,” said Hogsett. “We want to review, as we do currently but in a more formal way, any time there’s a physical altercation.”
“I’m glad to hear at least there’s going to be an attempt at better training of our officers,” said pastor Jeffrey Johnson Sr.
Pastor Johnson from Eastern Star Church welcomes the changes and praised the mayor for at least talking about the issue.
“I think many of us want to make sure those in leadership recognize that something is not right. To hear that means a lot,” said Johnson.
The president of Indy’s police union issued a statement that read, “The FOP in collaboration with our chief of police and members of our community has been working on many of these topics for quite some time. we look forward to continued dialogue and productive engagement by everyone involved.”