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Rep. Carson Statement on Indianapolis Civilian Police Merit Board Decision

May 11, 2018
Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Today, Congressman André Carson (D-IN), released the following statement regarding the Indianapolis Civilian Police Merit Board’s decision to not fire the officers involved in the killing of Aaron Bailey:

“I am very disappointed in the judgement handed down by the Indianapolis Civilian Police Merit Board that leaves Aaron Bailey’s family searching for justice. No unarmed citizen should die at the hands of the police.

“In light of this and other police shootings across the country, it’s time for Congress to finally act. I have called for greater accountability for officer involved shootings. We need more training to de-escalate situations before they become deadly.  And we should provide increased federal funding for community policing, so officers are better prepared to serve communities like ours.

“My heart breaks for Aaron Bailey’s family and I stand with them as they continue their search for justice for a life taken unnecessarily.”