As tensions rise after the police killing of Aaron Bailey, an unarmed black man, Mayor Joe Hogsett vowed to institute “implicit bias training” for police officers and a change in the department’s use-of-force policies.
As tensions rise in Indianapolis after the police shooting of Aaron Bailey, an unarmed black man, Mayor Joe Hogsett today announced a number of changes, including “implicit bias training” for police officers and a change in the department’s use-of-force policies, the Indianapolis Star reports. Hogsett vowed that the investigation into Bailey’s death will happen expeditiously and with “as much openness and as much transparency as due process will allow.” He said, “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 its very soul.”
Bailey, 45, was shot and killed by officers Michal Dinnsen and Carlton Howard after a chase that followed a traffic stop on on June 29. The officers, who joined the department in 2014, are on administrative leave. Neither has a disciplinary record. The shooting was decried by pastors with the Indianapolis Congregation Action Network and other community leaders. Hogsett said the use of force policies will be “modernized,” and the city will bring in a “diverse set of legal experts” to analyze training for new officers. The mayor said the implicit bias training will involve the community and police department working together to create a program that is “a first of its kind in the nation.”