Special prosecutor requests grand jury in Dreasjon Reed case

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INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the community will now determine if a crime has been committed in the shooting death of Dreasjon Reed.

On Friday, Special Prosecutor Rosemary Khoury announced a request that a grand jury to be impaneled to render judgement in the investigation.

In a prepared statement, Khoury said, “We are all aware of the national and international protests and demonstrations that are occurring as citizens demand the highest levels of accountability, integrity, and professionalism from our police departments.”

“Over the past several weeks, there have been numerous media reports referencing this fatal Police Action Shooting. There have been many conflicting and controversial public statements, fueling public concern and disagreement,” she continued.

“It is important for the public to understand that media reports or citizen comments about this very critical matter are not always based upon the facts. They are often conclusionary statements based upon emotion, lacking in substantive facts or supportive evidence.”

Khoury concluded by saying, “I believe the grand jury system is the best and final indicator to adhere to the integrity of this investigation that my team and I have striven so hard to maintain.”

The announcement comes after a string of recent events surrounding Reed’s death, including a funeral procession held Thursday night and a protest slated for Friday evening.

On Monday, Indiana State Police investigators announced they would like to speak with the driver of a particular vehicle in connection with the shooting.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office released the autopsy of Reed to his family on August 5.

Reed was fatally shot during an encounter with police in May following a chase that he had streamed on Facebook.

Police maintain that Reed fired a gun before the shooting, a claim his family and their attorney dispute. 

Special Prosecutor Khoury was then assigned to the case.

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