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Federal Judge Dismisses Parts of Federal Lawsuit Filed by Sean Reed’s Mother

INDIANAPOLIS–Large sections of the federal lawsuit filed by the mother of Sean Reed, Demetree Wynn, have been dismissed by a federal judge in Indianapolis.

The ruling dismisses IMPD as a defendant, saying claims can only be filed against the city of Indianapolis and not the department. It also dismisses excessive force complaints against IMPD Chief Randal Taylor, IMPD Deputy Chief Kendale Adams, and IMPD Officer Steven Scott. The judge said the Reed family provided no evidence of excessive force by officers who did not fire their weapons.

The judge also dismissed individual wrongful death claims against Scott and IMPD Officer De’Joure Mercer. Police say Mercer is the man who fired the shots that killed Reed.

The judge did, however, allow wrongful death claims to continue against Taylor and Adams, questioning whether they were acting in the “scope of their employment” when they started chasing Reed on Interstate 65, and the city of Indianapolis.

Reed was killed in May. Wynn filed the lawsuit in June. It accuses the four IMPD officers, the city of Indianapolis, and IMPD of violating Reed’s fourth amendment rights.

You can read the court documents here.


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