INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Rev. Al Sharpton addressed a crowd at Eastern Star Church Sunday in Indianapolis. Much of the speech focused on police brutality and the injuries 15-year-old Brandon Johnson suffered when beaten by police on May 16th.
"You would assume that police in Indianapolis aren't trained on how to restrain people," Sharpton said, "Four or five of them and they can't restrain a 15-year-old?" He went on to call the incident an injustice.
Of the five officers involved in the beating incident, one has been fired and another reprimanded.
During the hour long speech, Sharpton called for more oversight in internal investigations. He also blasted Mayor Greg Ballard for not meeting enough with African-American church leaders.
"It would seem to me that the right tone for Expo week would be for the Mayor to sit down with all of those that represent people…whether you agree with them or not to set a tone of unity. You need to do what I did and come and meet," said Sharpton.
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In response to Sharpton's comments, he said, "People say what they say. I can't comment on any motivation there...The record is little different than what some people are portraying. The murder rate last year was the lowest in 16 years. No secret where a lot of that crime takes place."
The Mayor's Chief of Staff, Robert Vane also said, "Mayor Ballard doesn't necessarily do what Al Sharpton says...so I don't think that Al Sharpton has been in Indianapolis long enough to judge or grade Mayor Ballard."
But at Sunday's event, Sharpton also pointed fingers at the community.
"We are not fighting for you to be a thug or a hood. We reprimand bad cops, but not all cops are bad," he said.
The case is now in the hands of the Department of Justice for review but, Sharpton says that's not enough.
"If you can't tolerate the job and responsibility of being a police officer, then you shouldn't be one," said Sharpton.
A march will be held over the Noon hour Monday at the City-County Building to protest the case.
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