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Family & community reacts to grand jury decision in Dreasjon Reed case

Peaceful downtown demonstrations
Posted at 12:33 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 00:58:47-05

INDIANAPOLIS — After a grand jury declined to indict IMPD Officer Dejoure Mercer for shooting and killing Dreasjon Reed, Reed's family spoke to WRTV about the decision.

"Honestly, sadly, I was not surprised. I'm really hurt. But I honestly wasn't surprised because I know where we live at," Jazmine Reed, Dreasjon's sister, said.

WRTV talked to her during protests, organized by Indy10 Black Lives Matter. After the grand jury decision was announced, the group called for people to meet in downtown Indianapolis where they created a space for grieving community members.

Dozens of community members who were upset about the decision gathered at Monument Park. After several people spoke, protesters marched around downtown. They blocked off traffic on several streets and intersections. While law enforcement was close by, they did not engage with protesters. Most officers stayed a block or more away from protesters. Reed's family shared a message to those protesting.

"To the community, just keep fighting for my brother, your family, everybody," Reed's sister Jazmine said. "There was no justice served. My brother is not resting well. There's no way. Now, we have to go on every day. We have to go on every day with life. My brother can't see his nephew coming into this world. He can't enjoy his niece anymore. his mother, his father, his other two sisters."

Despite the grand jury decision, Indy10 Black Lives Matter said they plan to continue protesting this decision.