INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis’ police chief said Wednesday that the two officers criminally cleared in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist could appear before the department’s firearms review board later this week.
Police Chief Bryan Roach said during a news conference that the board will meet Friday to begin assessing whether officers Michal Dinnsen and Carlton Howard followed department policies in the June death of 45-year-old Aaron Bailey.
A special prosecutor announced Tuesday that the officers wouldn’t face criminal charges in the shooting. Authorities have said Bailey pulled over for a traffic stop on June 29, but suddenly drove off and later crashed. The officers approached Bailey’s vehicle and fired. The prosecutor noted that the officers believed Bailey was reaching for a gun.
Roach said the two officers will remain on administrative duties until he receives the board’s recommendation and decides whether they’ll face disciplinary action. Roach didn’t set a deadline for a decision, but he said he hopes the internal affairs review will be concluded quickly.
“At my insistence it doesn’t make sense to me that there should be this long time frame between the time the criminal decision has been made and we as a police department make an administration decision,” Roach said.
Bailey’s family sued the city in September, contending that the two officers used excessive force and that Bailey posed no threat to them. Dinnsen is white and Howard is biracial.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett on Tuesday said he asked Roach to gather all evidence from the prosecutor’s investigation and any other available evidence for an expedited internal review.
The prosecutor’s report states that a female passenger in Bailey’s car told investigators Bailey, who was on probation for a theft conviction, drove off because he thought he would be going to jail for a malfunction involving the GPS monitoring device he was wearing. The report states the two officers didn’t know Bailey’s GPS device was malfunctioning.
An autopsy found that four bullets hit Bailey in the back.