The Indianapolis Police Department is facing surmounting backlash over the shooting and killing of Sean Reed. Now, more fuel has been added to the fire after an officer is heard joking about Sean Reed having to have a closed casket.
“Think it’s going to be a closed casket, homie,”
After the shooting, as Mr. Reed lay dead on the ground, his phone continued to record. In the video, a man can be heard off-camera laughing as he says, “Think it’s going to be a closed casket, homie,” apparently referring to Mr. Reed’s funeral. Chief Taylor said the comment was made by a detective and that the department planned to discipline the officer.
“His comments are unacceptable and unbecoming of our police department,” Chief Taylor said, adding that the detective had not been at the scene until after Mr. Reed was shot. “We will be pursuing immediate disciplinary action against that officer.”
Police Chief Randal Taylor, said a gun had been found near Mr. Reed and was fired twice. According to Chief Taylor, a total of 15 shell casings had been recovered from the two guns. The officer who killed Reed has not been identified, but the police said that he and Mr. Reed were both black men.
Family members of Sean Reed said Mr. Reed, who was known as Sean, had once been a member of the Air Force.