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No Indictment in Indianapolis Police Fatal Shooting

An Indianapolis police officer who fatally shot a man after a high-speed car chase that was captured on Facebook Live will not face criminal charges, NPR reports. A grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict Dejoure Mercer, who shot and killed Dreasjon “Sean” Reed on May 6. Mercer was one of several Indianapolis officers, including Chief Randal Taylor, who pursued Reed for driving recklessly. After about 10 minutes the chief allegedly called off the chase because of how fast the 21-year-old was driving. Mercer, who saw Reed pull over and park, went after him on foot. Reed had been live-streaming the chase on Facebook Live and thousands of people were watching.

Police say there was a confrontation between the two and Mercer and Reed exchanged gunfire. With Mercer behind him, Reed is apparently struck by a stun gun. Both he and the camera fall to the ground and gunshots ring out. Another officer remarks that Reed will need a “closed casket.” There is no police body camera or dashcam video of the shooting. Both Reed and Mercer are Black. A special prosecutor was appointed to investigate Reed’s killing, but after reviewing the evidence presented, a six-person grand jury said there was insufficient evidence to indict Mercer. Reed’s killing prompted protests throughout the summer. Within a few hours of the grand jury’s decision on Tuesday, demonstrators began gathering in downtown Indianapolis. His family filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the police department.