MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—If you were out Saturday you may have heard a little more noise than normal around parts of Tippecanoe and Montgomery County. You can thank the many motorcyclists from around the state of Indiana who came together to honor Glenn Rightsell's life in a benefit ride.
Linden Bar & Grill in Montgomery County was packed with motorcycles. All of them there to pay homage to Glenn Rightsell who was also a biker and the man who was fatally shot by an Indiana State Police trooper on the evening of December 28th, 2018.
The goal of this event was to raise money so the Rightsell family could purchase a headstone for Glenn. But that's not all.
Still, nine months later the Rightsell family and community members are still fighting for justice.
Saturday's benefit ride wasn't just honoring Glenn's life. It was to also raise awareness. Since Rightsell's death, the family and many others have fought to make their voices heard.
In May of 2019 wife to Glenn, Gloria Rightsell, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Indiana State Police. One of the main arguments in the Rightsell family's case is why the ISP trooper who shot Glenn didn't have a body cam.
According to ISP none of the Indiana State Police Officers have body cams and only two ISP cop cars are equipped with dash cams.
The Rightsell family said they not only want justice for Glenn. But answers on why ISP does not require their troopers to have body cams on them or their cruisers and why Indiana State Police was allowed to investigate their own case.
"Indiana State Police, investigating themselves? What's that," said sister-in-law to Glenn, Cari Rightsell. "Nowhere else does that happen but here in Indiana."
Rightsell's brother, Bill Rightsell said they'll never stop fighting and they'll never forget.
"It's all about justice for my brother," said Rightsell. "We all feel it was a bad shoot. The man said he remembered firing shooting three shots. His gun was empty when the other officers arrived."
Cari Rightsell, said this event will speak volumes to communities and people everywhere. She said, more importantly, she hopes it'll speak to city officials.
"This brings awareness," said Rightsell. "This shows everybody in the community you've got what two-hundred three-hundred bikes here? They're not here just to go party. They are here to let it be known, to let it be heard, by the roar of their engines, that we are here. We want support, we want change, we deserve change. Justice."
In addition to the benefit ride there was also a silent auction.
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