Monday a video surfaced of IMPD officers using excessive force on a young woman in Downtown Indianapolis during protests held on Sunday. As tensions are already high in and outside of the Indianapolis area due to police violence, this video caused some concern in the community.
In the video, officers can be seen telling two young women to to get on the ground. It appears that the women didn’t comply. An officer then says “light her up.” Officers shot one of the young women with rubber bullets, then continued to hit her with a baton.
On Monday afternoon, IMPD Chief Randal Taylor addressed the video. He said, “One of these videos shows force being used during an arrest of several individuals. I have directed our internal affairs unit to immediately conduct a speedy and thorough investigation into this incident,”
He added, “While I don’t have enough information yet for disciplinary actions, I can tell you that this type of incident is exactly the type of incident that the new use of force review board we are creating is aimed at reviewing.”
It is unclear if the officers involved have been placed on leave during the departments investigation.