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Criminal investigation launched into arrest of woman caught on video during Indianapolis protests

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Posted at 11:08 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 15:14:43-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A criminal investigation was opened Tuesday by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department into the arrest of a woman during the protests in the city, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said.

Video of the arrest, which has been viewed millions of times, shows IMPD officers repressing a black woman with batons and pepper bullets. In the video, another woman is also seen being pushed to the ground by officers before she was apprehended.

Since the videos were posted on social media, citizens and some city leaders have expressed their frustration
over what they saw in the video.

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Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said he met with the IMPD detective assigned to the case on Wednesday morning. The prosecutor's office also started the criminal investigation into the case Wednesday.

During the City-County Council's Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee meeting Wednesday evening, Mears said he is hopeful he will be in a position to let the council and community know what decision they reach on filing charges.

It is not clear when a decision on filing charges may be announced.

More information will be released if and when it becomes available, Michael Leffler, communications director for the prosecutor's office, said in an email Thursday morning.

The IMPD internal affairs investigation is separate from the criminal investigation and was launched on Monday, June 1, IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said.

During the meeting Wednesday evening, Taylor again said he didn't like what he saw in the video.