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Aaron Bailey's family seeks justice from Merit Board as they determine career fate of two officers

Bailey's family seeks justice from Merit Board
Posted at 6:01 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 11:48:15-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- As the two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting of Aaron Bailey prepare to learn their career fate this week, Bailey's family says they are hoping justice will be served. 

Officers Carlton Howard and Michal Dinnsen were cleared of criminal charges after the shooting but remain suspended. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Bryan Roach has recommended their firing to the Civilian Review Board. 

A three-day hearing process before the board will begin Tuesday.

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The Bailey family plans to be at that hearing. 

"I believe justice will be served," said Kimberly Brown, Aaron Bailey's sister. "Either way, I believe I'll be able to see it. I believe it's a long time coming - so right now - my total and complete faith is in God."

A Federal Civil lawsuit is still pending. The date for that trial has been set for March 2019, but the federal court is encouraging both sides to settle in the case. They're scheduled to meet for a settlement conference in June. 

"It's just not right to me that they did that to my father," said Ericka Bailey, Aaron Bailey's daughter. "Now it's been almost a year and every day I'm being as strong as I can but I would just hate for another young girl to have to feel the pain that I have."

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Bailey was driving just before 2 a.m. on June 29 when police pulled him over for a traffic violation near the intersection of Burdsal Parkway and Riverside Drive. For still-unknown reasons, Bailey sped from the scene and crashed into a tree near the intersection of 23rd and Aqueduct streets.

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Moments after the crash, two IMPD officers who had pursued Bailey exited their vehicle and fired multiple rounds, striking Bailey four times.

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An autopsy determined Bailey suffered gunshot wounds to his back, chest and upper shoulder areas. His family said they counted at least 11 bullet holes in his vehicle.

Police say no weapon was found inside Bailey’s car or in his possession.

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