Special Prosecutor Appointed In Aaron Bailey Death Investigation
INDIANAPOLIS -- At the request of the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, a judge has appointed a special prosecutor in the investigation of the shooting death of Aaron Bailey by two IMPD police officers.
Prosecutor Terry Curry says St. Joseph County prosecutor Kenneth Cotter has agreed to take over the investigation into what happened the night of June 29, when Bailey was shot and killed.
Curry says it was mostly public perception that led his office to file a petition for a special prosecutor.
"We agree and understand that perception can override reality," Curry continued. "As a consequence, the consideration in making this decision was the shooting death of Lt. Aaron Allan."
Lt. Aaron Allan was shot and killed in a separate incident on the south side of Indianapolis, only weeks after 45-year-old Aaron Bailey was shot and killed by officers on the west side. The officers who shot Bailey said he was fleeing from a traffic stop.
Curry says with these incidents being similar in nature, it was best to seek a special prosecutor with public perception of the two being so overwhelming.
"We are very concerned about the perception that could be created if we, as an office, are simultaneously prosecuting an individual for the shooting death of a public safety officer, while at the same time, perhaps passing judgement on the officer-involved shooting of Aaron Bailey," Curry added.
In spite of his office's decision to bring in Prosecutor Cotter, Curry also stated that he still has every confidence in his office's ability to fairly investigation Bailey's death.
The case is now in the hands of Cotter's office and he will recommend whether or not charges should be filed against the two officers who shot and killed Bailey. Curry says the FBI is also monitoring the investigation, in case they find cause to file federal hate crime charges.
Shortly after Curry concluded his statements, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released the following statement on the decision to appoint a special prosecutor:
“I applaud today’s appointment and I have directed IMPD to fully cooperate with the special prosecutor’s office. I also want to echo the hope of many in our community that this criminal investigation will be completed both responsibly and expeditiously. Prosecutor Curry deserves our thanks for his efforts to promote transparency and ensure the public’s trust in this ongoing criminal investigation.”
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