INDIANAPOLIS — The City of Indianapolis has agreed to pay the family of Aaron Bailey $650,000, settling the civil lawsuit related to the police shooting nearly one year ago.
Bailey was fatally shot by two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers on June 29, 2017, after a traffic stop. He was unarmed when he was killed.
The settlement resolves a federal civil suit filed against the City of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and Officers Carlton Howard and Michael Dinnsen by Bailey’s family in September.
The lawsuit argued that Howard and Dinnsen violated Bailey’s Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by using excessive force against him after he fled a traffic stop.
The details of the settlement were released Tuesday morning.
In addition to the money, the city agreed to continue its de-escalation training for all IMPD members. The training is designed to help officers avoid interactions that escalate into something similar to what happened to Bailey.
Tuesday morning, IMPD Chief Bryan Roach said he would visit with Bailey’s family in the next month. Roach said the department has extended an invitation to the Bailey family to attend the training.
A special prosecutor appointed to review the shooting found no cause to bring criminal charges against the officers, and both Carlton and Dinnsen were cleared to return to duty by the Indianapolis Civilian Police Merit Board in May – a rejection of Chief Bryan Roach’s recommendation that they be fired.
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