Family of man fatally shot by IMPD officer demands release of surveillance video


Kevin Hicks (photo provided by family)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 7, 2015)- The family of the man shot and killed by an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer is demanding to see the surveillance video of the incident from Tuesday night.  Part of the altercation was captured on cameras outside the Marathon gas station.

Kevin Hicks’ family is questioning what led up to an IMPD officer shooting and killing him.

"For me it's a thing of closure. Let me see what justified you to shoot him in the face. Let me see that," said Angela Taylor, Hicks' sister.

IMPD says surveillance video at the gas station shows the fight between an IMPD officer and Hicks. Police confirmed that Hicks was unarmed.

"I want to see that video," said Dewayne Taylor, Hicks' brother.

During the parking lot fight, witnesses report seeing Hicks knock a Taser out of the cop's hand. Witness accounts also reveal that Hicks might have reached for the officer's gun. Police say the actual shooting is just beyond the camera's reach and not depicted in the video.

"He's a fighter and he loved to fight. He wasn't thinking about that officer's gun," said Dewayne.

Hicks has a long criminal history and was most recently on work release for a prior battery.

"That’s not really our decision. We are working with the prosecutor's office. That video is evidence right now," said IMPD Deputy Chief of Patrol Valerie Cunningham.

"Let me be able to put my brother at ease and know the facts. I want to know if this was justified or unjustified," said Angela.

Leaders in the African-American community are also set to rally on Monday to call for the release of the video.

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