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Dejoure Mercer, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer, not charged with the death of Dreasjon Reed

An Indianapolis police officer who shot and killed Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, 21, in May after a loud pursuit, was not charged by a grand jury, officials said.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Dejoure Mercer killed Reed on May 6 as he chased after him on foot after a car chase over the 21-year-old’s allegedly reckless driving. The decision not to charge him comes nearly three months after a special prosecutor called a grand jury to consider the investigation into Reed’s case, which prompted hundreds of residents to demonstrate outside the headquarters of the police.

At a Tuesday press conference announcing the charges, Special Prosecutor Rosemary Khoury broke down in tears as she described the 21-year-old’s case, saying the grand jury had not found enough “evidence to charge or accuse ”Mercer.

“It has not been an easy task,” Khoury said, choking as he described the investigation.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said on Tuesday that the decision to charge Mercer had “not been taken lightly.” “Please, please understand that our role is in objective fact finding. We did not choose sides and we will never choose sides.

The shooting took place just weeks before George Floyd died while in custody, galvanizing national protests against police brutality. In anticipation of possible unrest in Indianapolis over the grand jury decision, several businesses in the state capital have closed their windows and removed exterior furniture. According to Fox 59, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department also canceled days off and put officers on 12-hour shifts to deal with the unrest.

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