INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Community leaders are calling for a federal investigation of an alleged case of police brutality. A state representative, ministers and community activists are asking the FBI to investigate the case of 15-year-old Brandon Johnson.
24-Hour News 8 talked to a spokesman for the FBI who says the agency is aware of the case and is reviewing the facts to determine whether an investigation is warranted.
Brandon Johnson adamantly claims his broken nose, broken teeth and a badly swollen eye are the result of police brutality.
Brandon claims his sobbing little brother was being wrongly arrested. Brandon says when he went to comfort his younger brother, police attacked Brandon.
"He clotheslined me and then I fell to the ground and then he punched me twice and then another officer came," said Brandon.
He claims officers kicked him as he lay on the ground. But the police report says Brandon was resisting arrest and refused to obey officers. Police say they were called to the community after neighbors spotted the younger brother trying to break into a vacant house.
Neighbors Perry and Gary Johnson, who are brothers and have no relation to Brandon Johnson, live in an adjoining subdivision and have a clear view of the house in question. Gary Johnson claims to have seen Brandon's brother trying to break in a house twice in as many weeks.
Brandon disputes that. He claims his little younger brother was playing basketball when police mistakenly arrested him and subsequently beat Brandon.
African-American community leaders including state representative Bill Crawford are now calling for an independent federal investigation
"There are many that have contacted us in the community indicating that they were concerned and they wanted an objective investigation," said state Representative Bill Crawford.
Late Tuesday afternoon 24-Hour News 8 received a statement from the city regarding the request for a federal investigation.
Public safety director Frank Straub stated, "I am confident that the quality and integrity of IMPD's internal investigation will be consistent with, if not exceed, the standards of the police profession. If the United States Department of Justice wishes to review our investigation we will make it available to them upon completion."
Neighbors are divided in this case. Some say there's nothing that unarmed teenage boys could have done to warrant that kind of beating. Others point to the string of burglaries in the neighborhood and indicate the kids may have had it coming.
Police dispatchers around Central Indiana reported a number of vehicle slide-offs occurred Monday morning.
Part of the Monon Trail will be closed Monday morning.
An Avon woman died Sunday evening from injuries she suffered in a three-vehicle crash in Jasper County.