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Indy police chief responds after officers walk with protesters

Posted at 1:24 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 17:03:13-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Protests in Indianapolis ended peacefully on Monday night as officers walked with the community. It was a much different scene than what the city experienced over the weekend.

On Tuesday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Randal Taylor talked about what he expects to see from this officers and the community moving forward.

Taylor said Monday's protest ended better than he could have hoped for and although small it's a sign of progress and a sign conversations can happen.

"It is not an us versus them we are all part of one community," Taylor said.

Officers talking with members of the community, some even walking with them. It was a much different scene than Saturday night when some turned to violence and destruction.

"They lose the message in the violence, any message they are trying to send is lost," Taylor said.

The chief said he wants to be able to speak with the community, hear their concerns and work with them. The actions of the protesters on Monday allowed them to do just that.

"If you are not going to be violent and you are going to protest peacefully then that is always going to open the door for you to come in and talk, be at the table and discuss those concerns," Taylor said. "So I think that message was learned last night."

Some local groups have criticized IMPD calling the end of Monday's protest nothing more than a photo opportunity.

"I would say they don't know our officers at all that is what we do," Taylor said. "We don't need photo ops. I believe that was genuine. I believe that was the lieutenants and sergeants baseline as how they handle people as is with most of our officers."