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Clergy Leaders with IndyCAN Advance Important Milestones Following Fatal Police Shooting of Aaron Bailey

Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN)

July 14, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  Rev. Juard Barnes Phone: 317.285.9256
July 14, 2017                                                            


Clergy Leaders with IndyCAN Advance Important Milestones Following Fatal Police Shooting of Aaron Bailey

INDIANAPOLIS – Following the June 29 fatal police shooting of Aaron Bailey, faith leaders with Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN), urged swift action to secure justice for Bailey’s family and reform to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. They organized aggressively, and today Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced far-reaching changes. The reforms include mandatory implicit bias training for officers, changes to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s “use-of-force” policy as well as a thorough and expeditious investigation into Bailey’s death. Representatives of IndyCAN, a federation of PICO National Network, released the following statement in response:

“From Mike Brown to Philando Castile, and now Aaron Bailey, it’s hard to hold out hope for different outcomes between police and communities of color,” said the Rev. Juard Barnes, pastor of the Eagles’ Nest and an organizer with IndyCAN. “Even as Mayor Hogsett announces first-of-their-kind reforms aimed at racial equity, there is nothing that can bring Aaron back to his family and his community. We grieve with his loved ones.”

“As we grieve, we are mindful that our faith compels us to show up with hope, even in seasons of despair. IndyCAN is encouraged by the bold and long-overdue changes announced today. We commit to holding Mayor Hogsett and Chief Bryan Roach accountable to deliver on the promise to bring justice to Aaron Bailey’s family and safety to all Black and brown people who live in fear of law enforcement.”

“However, we cannot celebrate until the change they’ve promised is actually delivered. We do however acknowledge that this is the first time a city has responded with a resounding commitment to change the system. For this we are hopeful.”

For more information, or to see IndyCAN’s original comments pertaining to Aaron Bailey, watch this video from their June 29 press conference: https://www.facebook.com/IndyCAN.PICO/