INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A teenager that died in police custody has family members speaking out that feels IMPD’s arresting protocol is flawed.
An attorney for the parents of 18-year old Terrell Day sent a letter to the Indianapolis Chief of Police, Rick Hite after a witness came forward with video.
The raw footage was played during a press conference on Thursday, days after Day died in the back of an ambulance.
The witness who asked to remain anonymous said Day was on the ground in cuffs for at least 40 minutes before going into cardiac arrest.
What happened before Day before was handcuffed wasn’t discussed on Thursday.
According to IMPD, the 18-year-old was accused of shop lifting at the Burlington Coat Factory in the Washington Square Mall. The loss prevention officer told police Day also pointed a gun.
“We are still collecting facts on behalf of the Day family. We believe IMPD officers should receive training so they can make an appropriate assessment of a suspect’s medical condition,” said a legal representative for the family.
Chief Hite declined to comment while an investigation is pending, and IEMS did not respond to a request for an interview on Thursday.