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IMPD Chief Rick Hite

IMPD Chief Rick Hite

There been some concern, anger and unease in parts of the Indianapolis African-American community over a police action shooting that occurred this past Sunday (April 12th). Two IMPD officers were involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Mack Long who was a passenger in a car stopped at 31st and Sherman Drive.  Long, a passenger in the car, fled and was chased by one IMPD officer.  At one point Long struggled with the officer for his gun. A second IMPD officer arrived and was also involved in the incident.  There were community rumors that Long was shot in the back by officers.  At a Monday evening press conference, IMPD firmly denied that Long had been shot in the back. Instead he was shot in the side, arm and chest. IMPD also revealed that there is video of parts of the incident. Cellphone video by a civilian witness and video from the body camera of the second responding IMPD officer.  Near the end of Tuesday’s Afternoons with Amos, while talking about the incident and the need for the video to be made public, IMPD Chief Rick Hite, who was listening to the program and in the neighborhood of the radio station, stopped into the studio to talk with the community live about the facts of this fact as police have uncovered them.  In the impromptu interview, Chief Hite explained what happened. The Chief also said that the evidence is in the hands of the Marion County Prosecutor who will make a determination if the videos will be seen at this time.  Chief Hite said he had seen “portions” of the video and said the quality isn’t “the greatest”. But the Chief indicated its usable information.  Hear Chief Hite’s Explanations of An Incident that has Some Concerned.  Runs 8 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. Audio Begins After Brief Video Ad.