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Police deploy pepper balls, arrest man at protest of Sean Reed shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — IMPD arrested one protester Saturday during a protest about the fatal shooting of Sean Reed by police.

A few dozen people were gathered Saturday afternoon at 62nd Street and Michigan Road, near the scene of the Wednesday shooting.

According to Indianapolis metropolitan police, Robert Bently, 41, was arrested and faced preliminary charges of obstruction of traffic and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Marion County Jail for processing on Saturday, police said.

During the arrest, IMPD used “pepper ball deployment to deter a crowd as they closed in on officers creating an unsafe environment,” the department said.

IMPD said no officers or protesters were injured during the arrest.

Protesters gathered Thursday at the same intersection and at the City-County Building downtown, expressing sentiments that the fatal shooting didn’t have to happen. Some protesters said they would like to see changes to IMPD. A group also gathered at the scene the night of the shooting.

On Wednesday night, an officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed Sean Reed following a pursuit. The pursuit was witnessed and the shots were heard by thousands on Facebook Live as the man streamed on the internet.

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