Indy council members show support for Ferguson at meeting

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Some Indianapolis City-County councilors showed support for the protests in Ferguson Monday night.

Members displayed signs on the front of their desks that said “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” at the council meeting.

The signs were in response to the death of Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown, 18, who died after being shot by a Ferguson police officer six times. Witnesses say during the shooting, Brown had his hands raised, attempting to surrender when Officer Darren Wilson fired the shots.

In the moments after the council meeting Monday night, Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police President Bill Owensby appeared frustrated with the signs.

“I think it’s baseless, in my opinion, as a police officer,” he said. “It’s baseless for this community. It’s divisive and doesn’t make sense to do it. That’s my opinion.”

Councilman Brian Mahern called the signs appropriate. Mahern taped one of the signs beside his seat.

“I don’t think that it is inappropriate to raise the issue and spark the conversation that we are talking about these issues,” said Mahern.

In an interview outside the City County Council building, Mahern, added that he is open to discussing his position with the FOP, no word yet if FOP leaders will accept his offer.

Councilman Joe Simpson, Councilman Vop Osili, Councilman Monroe Gray, Councilman Leroy Robinson posted the signs as well.