INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Randal Taylor said his department would be reviewing videos captured during this weekend’s protests where force was used by officers.
He also said they were investigating an incident where peaceful protesters were impacted by tear gas. Taylor says officers were encircled by people trying to prevent them from stopping vandalism and the tear gas wasn’t meant for the peaceful protestors.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Monday a countywide curfew will go into effect in Marion County for the second night in a row. The curfew is from 8 p.m. Monday until 4 a.m. Tuesday. The curfew ends earlier than it did Monday morning because Tuesday is Election Day, and voting begins at 6 a.m.
During a Monday afternoon press conference, Hogsett said he had “concerns about the interactions between our officers and citizens this weekend.”
“Our new use-of-force review board will have jurisdiction over non-lethal incidents such as what we saw yesterday. That board will have significant civilian participation,” he said. “I want to reiterate I’ve asked Chief Taylor to submit a new use-of-force policy within the next two weeks”
Taylor thanked those who protested peacefully and followed the curfew. He said there were no major incidents after sunset Sunday night.
“We swore an oath to protect the safety of people in this community and we take that very seriously,” he said.
Taylor apologized to those peaceful protestors impacted by tear gas.
“Every resident of our city deserves the right to peacefully protest,” he said.
Authorities will enforce the curfew and announcements will be made downtown before it goes into effect. Exceptions are made for those traveling to and from work, seeking medical care, or fleeing from dangerous circumstances; law enforcement; members of the news media; federal, state, or local public officials conducting necessary work; and individuals experiencing homelessness.
There will be diversions for inbound traffic to downtown. These diversions extend from the White River on the west, I-65 on the north, I-65 on the east, to McCarty/I-70 on the south, according to IMPD.
Over the weekend, IMPD says 115 people were arrested.
- 83 from Indianapolis
- 13 from outside Indianapolis
- 1 from out of state
- 15 unknown
- 3 homeless residents
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced Monday his office declined to file criminal charges against those who were arrested while protesting peacefully.