INDIANAPOLIS – Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 chairman Rick Snyder said a report released on the IMPD’s response to protests against social injustice that turned into deadly and destructive riots at the center -ville in May of last year was intended to provide coverage to key political leaders in Indianapolis and Marion County.
The three-member commission that wrote the report was appointed by Mayor Joe Hogsett last June.
“This tells us what everyone in the city of Indianapolis knows: These are politicians covering their backs for their failures. It was not our police that failed our city. It was our politicians who let our city down, ”Snyder said in his first interview since the review of the report which was released on Friday. “It was our political leaders who abdicated their responsibilities and adopted a posture of compromise which then allowed this to reverberate and evolve in the situations we had then.”
The report blamed frontline IMPD officers for being present during the opening hours of the May 29, 2020 protest in tactical protective gear on Monument Circle before a growing crowd of protesters.
Protesters testified before the commission that the presence of Event Response Group agents, positioned beyond typical patrollers at a secondary perimeter, intimidated the crowd and prompted their aggressive reaction.
The report also revealed that the IMPD agents adopted an offensive posture, blocking the exit routes to allow the crowd to spread through the circle …
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