Daughter of man killed by IMPD: ‘I don’t care about his past. He was a really good person’

June 30, 2017 | WISHTV | Link to Article

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)— The daughter of an unarmed man shot and killed in a police shooting spoke out about her father’s death Friday at a rally near Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department headquarters.

Police said they pulled over 45-year-old Aaron Bailey in a traffic stop early Thursday morning. A few minutes later, police said he drove off and led them on a short chase before crashing at 23rd and Aqueduct streets. That’s where officers fired the fatal shots.

“It’s really upsetting to lose a family member and for them to not be around anymore every day when you’re waking up in the morning and facing it,” Aaron’s daughter, Erica Bailey said.

IMPD said it is investigating whether the shooting was justified. Officers said they saw Bailey reach toward the center console of his car as they approached him. Detectives said they searched Bailey’s car and did not find a weapon. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating whether the officers who fired broke the law.

Erica Bailey attended a rally at the Indianapolis City Market, where protesters called on Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry to charge the officers.

“My dad was just really outgoing. I don’t care about his past. He was a really good person. He loved his kids and he loved his family,” Erica said.

The past she referred to is Aaron’s criminal history. His past convictions include battery, resisting law enforcement and theft.

Rally organizers urged people to stop mentioning Aaron’s criminal history.

“He volunteered all day working at our strawberry festival, working at our youth group, working with all the members of my congregation,” Steve Carlson, a pastor, said.

During a news conference Thursday, IMPD Chief Brian Roach said the department has policies and training for when officers can use deadly force.

“It’s what a reasonable man would believe when his life or the life is someone else is threatened. We have to assume that was the mindset of those officers when they pulled the trigger,” Roach said.

“We have to go to prison if we do something wrong,” Erica said. “So if you do something wrong, [police] should get the same treatment that we do.”

The rally was organized by the Indianapolis Congregation Action Network.

The county prosecutor’s office declined to comment on this story. 24-Hour News 8 reached out to the local police union and we have not heard back.

Police arrested a 26-year-old woman who was in the car with Bailey on a charge of possession of paraphernalia.