Protesters Seek Justice For Sean Reed After Indianapolis Police Officer Allegedly Caught Joking About Shooting Black Man

Protesters gathered at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Indianapolis after a Facebook Live video allegedly revealed police joking about the man's death shortly afterward.

The man, identified as Sean Reed, was killed by the Indianapolis Police near the 6200 block of Michigan Road on May 6 in an incident which the 21-year-old inadvertently captured on camera.

The video, which is circulating on social media, shows Reed driving in his car before engaging in a high speed chase with police.

Reed keeps recording during the pursuit, shouting: "You're never gonna catch me, I'm gone. I'm not going to jail today. You gotta catch me baby, I'm not going to jail today."

Later on in the clip, Reed asks himself which street he is on before adding: "I'm going to park this motherf***er and get the f**k out."

Reed says he's at 62nd and Michigan Road adding "somebody come get my stupid ass, please come get me." Reed then gets out of the vehicle and appears to start fleeing from the police.

Reed can be heard saying "what you say?" in the video, but the footage is obscured. Moments later, the cell phone camera turns around to show Reed's face and him yelling "f**k you." Reed then disappears off the screen before several gunshots are fired.

While the camera is pointing up at the sky, one man can be heard saying "looks like it's going to be a closed casket, hommie" and laughing while others appear to discuss how Reed was able to fire after being stunned with a Taser.

More than 3,700 people were watching the Facebook Live video at the time of the shooting.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said, prior to the shooting, officers had observed a grey Toyota Corolla "driving recklessly" northbound on Interstate 65 at West 30th Street and had almost hit other vehicles while it exited the interstate.

Police said they began chasing the suspect, who proceeded to speed and disobey all traffic signals.

Just before 6:16 p.m, the suspect got out of the vehicle and ignored commands to stop. Police said "initial information" indicated that an officer fired his Taser to try and stop the suspect.

Gunfire was then exchanged between the driver and the officer and the suspect was killed.

Later that day, more than 100 people gathered at West 62nd Street and Michigan Road to demand answers from the force about the shooting, with protesters shouting "no justice, no peace," according to the The Indianapolis Star.

Sean Reed's sister, Jazmine Reed, was one of those who was in the crowd of people. She was also among the thousands who watched her brother's Facebook Live video.

"As soon as I seen the phone saying broadcasting... remember him saying 62nd and Michigan Road, so I drove up Michigan Road and when I got up here and and ran through, there was a cop standing right next to me and I think it was him, and I said, 'What's going on with my little brother?'" she told WHTR. "And he looked at me dead in my face and said, 'I don't know what's going on.'"

Satchel Paige told The Indianapolis Star that she was "disgusted, horrified, tired and angry" about the shooting. "This is why we need a new use of force policy. It is imperative. We can not hold these killers accountable when the use of force makes it legal."

In a statement, the IMPD said it "closely scrutinizes" all uses of force by their officers.

"While we are withholding judgment on the actions of the involved officer at this time, the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.

"A separate and independent internal investigation will be conducted by IMPD's Internal Affairs Unit to ensure compliance with departmental policy, as is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting."

Assistant Chief Chris Bailey told Fox 59 that the department is aware of the Facebook Live video and it will be used as evidence in the investigation.

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(File photo) Indianapolis Police K9 Vehicle on July 16, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Protesters demanded answers after a Facebook Live video allegedly revealed Indianapolis Police joking after shooting a black man. Raymond Boyd/Getty
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