Lawyers for Dreasjon Reed’s family move forward with wrongful death suit

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The lawyers representing Dreasjon “Sean” Reed’s family held a virtual press conference Saturday after a Marion County grand jury earlier in the week declined to charge a police officer in his shooting death.

Special Prosecutor Rosemary Khoury announced the grand jury’s decision on Tuesday evening.

Khoury said the grand jury came back with a “no bill,” decision, meaning there was insufficient evidence to charge Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Dejoure Mercer.

The family’s lawyers, Fatima Johnson and Swaray Conteh, held a press conference Saturday to respond to the grand jury’s decision.

Johnson said she was disappointed in the grand jury’s decision not to indict IMPD officer Mercer.

“I’m mostly disappointed in the fact that we are not surprised,” she said. “I’m disappointed that it would be a rarity to find a Black person who lives in this city who is surprised.”

They’re now are moving forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Indianapolis.

Johnson questioned how an officer could fire 13 shots, killing a man, and face no charges, and what that says about IMPD training and culture.

“Dreasjon will not be afforded the privilege of finding justice inside of a criminal courtroom,” she said.

Her calls for systemic change and increased police accountability were echoed by countless protesters, including Reed’s sister.

Watch the full press conference below. App users, click here.

Past coverage of the Dreasjon Reed case