INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The City of Indianapolis has agreed to pay Aaron Bailey’s family $650,000 to settle a civil lawsuit one year after his death.
On June 29, 2017, Bailey was shot to death after wrecking his car while fleeing officers on the city’s northwest side.
Officers Michal Dinnsen and Carlton Howard said they feared Bailey was reaching for a gun when he refused their commands to surrender, but no gun was ever found.
Dinnsen and Howard were not charged criminally by a special prosecutor and retained their jobs after Police Chief Bryan Roach’s attempts to fire them were overturned by the IMPD Merit Board.
Bailey’s family filed a civil lawsuit after his death. In the suit, the family charged IMPD with indifference to Bailey’s life and criticized the department for a lack of training in implicit bias and de-escalation.
Bailey’s family met with attorneys for the City of Indianapolis on Tuesday, and after five hours of talks behind closed doors, they reached a settlement.
The city has agreed to pay the family $650,000. The city also agreed to continue its implementation of de-escalation training for all members of IMPD. The police department will give the public an opportunity to learn about the specifics of this de-escalation training, offering three community sessions open to the public.
IMPD Chief Bryan Roach will also meet privately with the Bailey family to discuss the incidents surrounding the death and the police department’s efforts to avoid similar outcomes in the future.
Attorney Craig Karpe issued this statement on behalf of the Bailey family:
“After a long and difficult process, the family of Aaron Bailey has chosen to settle their suit against the City of Indianapolis, Officer Michal Dinnsen, and Officer Carlton Howard. The Estate of Bailey filed its complaint with the Indiana Southern District Court for the killing of the unarmed Aaron Bailey by the two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers on June 29, 2017. The complaint sought relief under 42 USC 1983 for deadly injury and violations of the 4th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution by the officers and the City of Indianapolis.
“As part of the settlement, the City of Indianapolis has agreed to implement de-escalation training for all members of IMPD. A series of public meeting will be held to discuss the training program with the public. The family of Aaron Bailey recognizes that successful de-escalation in police encounters requires cooperation both officers and civilians. They hope the public will participate in the open forum, with the goal of stopping future needless deaths.
“The Family of Aaron Bailey extends its gratitude to the City of Indianapolis for their efforts to resolve this tragic situation. They ask for privacy as they continue to mourn the loss of their father and brother. The Bailey family prays they and the City of Indianapolis can move on to a better future.”
Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) #86 issued this statement:
“Officers Howard and Dinnsen are pleased that the lawsuit against them has been settled and dismissed with no finding or admission of wrongdoing by either officer.
“Although each of the independent entities that reviewed this unfortunate incident found no improper use of force, we recognize that the City has the right to settle lawsuits as it sees fit based upon avoidance of expense and uncertainty.
“The officers look forward to returning to IMPD and helping this community move forward.”