INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana May 22, 2018– On June 29, 2017, Officers Carlton Howard and Michal Dinnsen shot Aaron Bailey four times in the back after a short vehicle pursuit. Mr. Bailey, who was unarmed, died at the scene. An internal investigation was conducted, resulting in the recommendation by IMPD Chief Bryan Roach that Officers Dinnsen and Howard be fired. On May 10, 2018 after a three day hearing, the IMPD Merit Board reinstated Officers Dinnsen and Howard.
The Bailey Family has many questions about the handling of the case against Officers Dinnsen and Howard by the City of Indianapolis. Specifically, they question whether all the testimony and evidence presented to the Board was complete and accurate.
Foremost, Officers Dinnsen and Howard repeatedly asserted that Aaron Bailey had a prior record for armed robbery. Mr. Bailey never had been arrested for armed robbery or any other offense involving a firearm. The City attorneys allowed the officers and their attorney to make this false allegation numerous times without objection. Officer Howard mentions in his testimony seeing a charge of armed robbery from December 2015. Below is the video of Officer Howard describing how records of Aaron Bailey’s prior armed robbery made him believe Mr. Bailey was armed. Video Link:
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Later, the attorney for Officers Dinnsen and Howard, put up a demonstrative exhibit titled “Danger Cues” which list, “Armed Robberies”, plural.