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INDIANAPOLIS — The President of the Fraternal Order of Police in Indianapolis is concerned Marion County prosecutors may be getting ahead of themselves as they look into the actions of police during a weekend of riots in the Capital City.

Two weeks ago, peaceful protests turned into violent riots in Indianapolis as people are upset with the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis as well as the shooting death of Dreasjon Reed by an Indy police officer in early May.

A video went viral from the weekend of violence of police officers arresting a woman they say was resisting arrest. The officers used nightsticks to subdue the woman and many say they were too aggressive in doing so.

It was enough to get Marion County prosecutor Ryan Mears to say it’s possible some criminal charges could be filed against the officers seen in the video.

“People have concerns, that’s fine. We need to do an investigation,” said FOP President Rick Snyder, talking to Hammer and Nigel on 93 WIBC. “But, we do have concerns the prosecutor is making these comments. ‘Possible criminal charges’ before the investigation is completed.”

“I think most people would say that’s concerning to hear a prosecutor say that,” Snyder continued.” Someone with that much power suggesting a possible outcome before the investigation is already done.”

In spite of all the violence and the heat the police officers are getting across the United States, he acknowledges the message of the peaceful protesters who want to see meaningful change within the Indianapolis Metro Police Department that is for the better.

Snyder said one of the root problems that can be a foothold for this sought after change has been a problem he said the city has been dealing with long before all this angst was brought to the surface.

“There are systemic injustices … especially within the criminal justice system,” said Snyder. “We have a revolving door of criminal justice specifically allowing repeat violent offenders right back out into our neighborhoods so they can victimize and re-victimize our community.”

Snyder blames a lot of this “revolving door” on low bail bonds and the use of ankle monitoring on offenders as opposed to keeping them in jail. He also points out the majority of the victims of these violent repeat offenders are African-American.

Snyder also welcomes the pursuit of more civilian input on matters such as incidents in which police have to fire their weapons, some of which end up with people killed.