Congressman Carson Responds to IMPD Changes, Says More Work Needs to be Done
Indianapolis, IN – Congressman André Carson released the following statement on the recent police-involved shootings and local leaders’ announced changes to law enforcement protocol:
“As Indianapolis continues to mourn the bright young lives lost over the last weeks, we are still processing what happened, and trying to figure out why. We need to get answers to the many unanswered questions – for accountability, transparency, and to prevent this from happening again.
“As was said this morning, although we are a strong and resilient people, resilience and strength have their limits. To the family and loved ones of Dreasjon Reed, I offer my condolences and prayers as you deal with this unimaginable pain.
“Today’s announcement of changes at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) from Mayor Hogsett and Chief Taylor is encouraging news. I have been a strong proponent for the use of body worn cameras for the IMPD and want to see this rollout happen as expeditiously as possible. I’m also pleased by the collaboration with our City-County Council to provide local funds to implement this long-overdue change. I will continue my efforts in Congress to help provide robust federal funding to match these efforts.
“But technology alone will not prevent tragedies with excessive use of force. As a former law enforcement officer, I know that training is what will best equip officers to carry out their duties with honor and integrity. More training is critical to improve community policing and to de-escalate volatile scenarios. More mental health resources are also critical as our entire community struggles during this outbreak of violence and a pandemic at the same time.
“Finally, I know that most officers do their best every day to protect and serve, so I want to acknowledge what a hard and thankless job they have sworn to perform. The creation of a new Use of Force Board and updates to IMPD’s Use of Force policies will also help ensure that officers deploy force proportionately, appropriately, and not inappropriately. Investigations are underway, and I eagerly await these findings. We must get answers to our many questions, and this must happen with thoroughness and swiftness. Justice delayed, is indeed justice denied. I am committed to working even harder to help our community heal after this painful period and to bring changes that will make Indianapolis an ever better place to live for all of us.”