Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett: ‘I am accountable’ for Aaron Bailey shooting

INDIANAPOLIS — At the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Mayor’s Breakfast Monday morning, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett gave an impassioned speech about injustice and division in the city.

Beginning with the police shooting of Aaron Bailey in June, Hogsett discussed the history of race injustice in America, and how not acknowledging it leads to distrust in the community.

Police say Bailey was driving just before 2:00 a.m. on June 29 when police pulled him over for a traffic violation near the intersection of Burdsal Parkway and Riverside Drive. During that stop, Bailey sped from the scene before he crashed into a tree near the intersection of 23rd and Aqueduct streets.

After that crash, two officers fired “multiple” rounds at the vehicle, hitting Bailey. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

No weapon was found inside the vehicle.

The circumstances surrounding that shooting have not been released.

On Monday, Hogsett said he will soon present new steps Indianapolis will take to embrace “systemic change” in the city.

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