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Special prosecutor calls for grand jury in Dreasjon Reed case

Posted at 1:51 PM, Aug 21, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — Special Prosecutor Rosemary Khoury has requested a grand jury for the investigation into the shooting death of Dreasjon Reed.

Three months have passed since Reed was fatally shot by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer on May 6.

"Police-action shootings are highly scrutinized by the media, the involved law enforcement agency and by the citizens of the community, especially in light of national media coverage of so many police-citizen confrontations, some of which have resulted in the death of citizens," special prosecutor Rosemary Khoury said.

Khoury stood on the steps of the Indiana Statehouse Friday afternoon. She took no questions, but said she has taken every step she could to ensue a thorough investigation that is impartial to everything except the facts. She said all parties deserve no less. However, even after looking at the facts and not announcing a conclusion, Khoury said she believes it is best for a grand jury to decide what comes next.

"This is a societal issue, a community issue, with many interests and impassioned advocates," Khoury said. "But it is the facts presented dispassionately to community members that will determine if there is a probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed. I trust the members of our community to do just that."

Indy 10 Black Lives Matter member Kyra Jay said the decision from the special prosecutor could mean there is more to the story than what the public has already been told.

"I think it says that IMPD spoke to soon when they came out with that first statement about that night that Dreasjon was killed, and I think they are hiding a lot of facts, and I think the prosecutor is probably seeing that now," Jay said.

The Law Firm of Fatima Johnson, which represents Reed's family said they have "no comment at this time" on Friday's announcement. An IMPD spokesperson said the department will "defer to the Indiana State Police and Prosecutor Khoury on their investigation."

Watch the full announcement below: