May 7th, 2020


INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, a police officer from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) fatally shot Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, a United States Air Force Veteran and member of the Indianapolis community, after a car chase. Just a few hours later, 19-year-old McHale Rose was shot and killed by IMPD officers. Later that same evening, 23-year-old Ashlynn Lisby was struck by an IMPD officer who was driving to work, killing Ashlynn and her unborn child.


Our hearts go out to the families who lost their loved ones over the course of this tragic 8-hour period and to the black and brown communities who are constantly targeted by law enforcement at a much higher rate than other communities. The police involved deaths of Reed and Rose demonstrate the trauma that the Black community has to live with on a day-to-day basis. The killing of Ashlynn Lisby adds more mistrust of the police from the very same community. The abuse of police power in this country leads far too often to the loss of black and brown lives. The time for action is now. 


We stand in support of Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears’s decision to file a motion requesting a court-appointed independent prosecutor in and potential prosecution in the officer-involved shooting death of Dreasjon Reed on May 6. We further stand in support of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s request to the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to actively monitor the investigation being conducted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.


The Indiana Young Democrats strongly condemn the misuse of power by the police and the targeting of disenfranchised communities. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and support all non-violent protests. We urge everyone protesting to continue to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.


We need to unite as a community and demand justice for black lives lost while continuing the fight for better policies, procedures and dismantling the systemic racism and mistrust that exists in our criminal justice system.