Indianapolis pays $650K to family of slain unarmed black man

The city of Indianapolis has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed black man two police officers fatally shot last year after he crashed his car during a police pursuit, documents released Tuesday show.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 9:34 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Indianapolis has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed black man two police officers fatally shot last year after he crashed his car during a police pursuit, documents released Tuesday show.

The settlement agreement released by Indianapolis' corporation counsel calls for the city to make the payment to attorneys for Aaron Bailey's family. The five-page document was signed Monday by the city's chief litigation counsel and the Bailey family's lead attorney.

Under the settlement, Bailey's family has agreed to drop the federal lawsuit they filed in September against the city, its police department and Officers Michal Dinnsen and Carlton Howard.

Their suit alleges that Bailey, 45, posed no threat to the officers when they fatally shot him in June 2017. It also contends the officers used excessive force and violated Bailey's constitutional rights when they shot him four times after he crashed his car into a tree following a brief pursuit that began when he sped away from a traffic stop.

No gun was found in Bailey's car.

Both Howard, who is biracial, and Dinnsen, who is white, said repeatedly under oath that Bailey had ignored their commands to show his hands after he crashed his car.

They told a civilian police merit board in May that they believed Bailey was looking for a gun when he reached into his car's center console following the crash. That panel cleared both officers of wrongdoing in Bailey's killing following a three-day hearing.

The board's decision came eight months after a special prosecutor appointed to review the shooting declined in October to file criminal charges against either officer, citing their claims of self-defense and Bailey's actions and refusal to respond to police commands.

Bailey's daughter, Erica, has said she didn't believe her father endangered the officers' lives at all after the crash, and that he was dazed from the crash impact and the deployment of an air bag.

A statement released Tuesday by Craig Karpe, the Bailey family's chief attorney, said they are requesting privacy "as they continue to mourn the loss of their father and brother."

Mayor Joe Hogsett's office does not plan to comment on the settlement, spokeswoman Taylor Schaffer said Tuesday.

The settlement states that it "should not be construed as an admission of any liability or wrongdoing" on the defendants' behalf.

Under the settlement, the city has agreed to continue training officers on how to prevent confrontations with the public from escalating "into the type of tragic loss of life" that occurred when the Bailey was fatally shot.

Indianapolis' police chief, Bryan Roach, will also meet privately within 30 days with Bailey's relatives to discuss his fatal shooting and the department's "efforts to help avoid similar outcomes in the future."

Roach had recommended that the civil police merit board fire Howard and Dinnsen.

Both officers have been on administrative leave since the shooting. Officer Aaron Hamer, a city police spokesman, said Tuesday he could not comment on the officers' current status with the department.

He referred questions to the city's corporation counsel office. A message seeking comment on the officers' status was left Tuesday for Donald Morgan, the city of Indianapolis' chief litigation counsel.

West Lafayette
Cloudy
74° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 74°
Kokomo
Cloudy
71° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 71°
Rensselaer
Cloudy
68° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 68°
Fowler
Cloudy
74° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 74°
Williamsport
Cloudy
69° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 69°
Crawfordsville
Cloudy
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 70°
Frankfort
Cloudy
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 70°
Delphi
Cloudy
68° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 68°
Monticello
Cloudy
68° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 68°
Logansport
Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 66°
More quiet weather with cooler, drier air
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 751242

Reported Deaths: 13795
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1032931788
Lake556911009
Allen41692692
St. Joseph36990565
Hamilton36588417
Elkhart29398461
Tippecanoe22901226
Vanderburgh22556400
Porter19356325
Johnson18471389
Hendricks17682317
Clark13226195
Madison13149344
Vigo12614253
LaPorte12419221
Monroe12207176
Delaware10966198
Howard10321225
Kosciusko9630121
Hancock8576146
Bartholomew8169157
Warrick7860156
Floyd7811180
Grant7242179
Wayne7162201
Boone6966103
Morgan6761141
Dubois6218118
Marshall6209116
Cass6016110
Henry5900110
Dearborn589878
Noble581488
Jackson509076
Shelby501496
Lawrence4742122
Gibson444894
Clinton442355
Harrison441875
DeKalb439885
Montgomery438090
Whitley406543
Huntington402681
Steuben400159
Miami395269
Jasper388054
Knox375991
Putnam372960
Wabash361983
Ripley347170
Adams345555
Jefferson335886
White331953
Daviess3033100
Wells295281
Decatur289992
Greene286885
Fayette284864
Posey273835
LaGrange273072
Scott270156
Clay267148
Washington246036
Randolph244783
Jennings235349
Spencer234531
Starke228058
Fountain220948
Sullivan214643
Owen211858
Fulton202942
Jay200932
Carroll193620
Orange188255
Perry187237
Rush175926
Vermillion174844
Franklin170335
Tipton166246
Parke149416
Pike138234
Blackford136232
Pulaski120647
Newton113936
Brown104243
Crawford102516
Benton101714
Martin91715
Warren84015
Switzerland8148
Union72810
Ohio57911
Unassigned0420

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events