Community News…Andre Green
JOINT STATEMENT FROM
TANYA BELL, PRESIDENT OF INDIANA BLACK EXPO, AND
DR. MICHAEL TWYMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF YOUR LIFE MATTERS®
ON THE SHOOTING DEATH OF ANDRE GREEN
Our prayers and condolences are with the family of 15-year old Andre Green and the entire Indianapolis community at this difficult time. We understand that IMPD is currently investigating the shooting. As they continue to gather evidence and interview prospective witnesses, we urge anyone that has information or video that captured what occurred to come forward. Andre Green, his family and the police officers involved deserve a thorough investigation, one leading to a just result, and we understand it will not be completed overnight. We will refrain from drawing any conclusions until the investigation is completed.
As our community heals and gains a better understanding of the timeline of events that led to this tragic incident, we must continue to have honest dialogue about holistic approaches aimed at preserving and maximizing human life – particularly the lives of our Black men. We cannot lose another young man in this manner without it interrupting our conscious. We reinforce our commitment to work alongside the community to move forward strategies to improve the quality of life for all Indianapolis residents. Your Life Matters® aims to achieve better life outcomes for young African Americans males in our community by working in partnership with numerous organizations and individuals dedicated to providing love, hope and support. We must ALL work together to build and maintain a safe and healthy city that provides the best opportunities to lead a productive and quality life.
Lastly, we must follow the lead of other police departments and require that all members of IMPD wear body cameras. Having a video of all police officer shootings will provide more transparency for our community. Body cams are also known to reduce officer shootings and deter officers from inappropriate conduct. We ask that Mayor Greg Ballard and the Marion County City County Council strongly consider including a line item in the proposed 2015 budget to procure body cameras for our police officers.
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