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Investigation into IMPD July racial profiling incident to continue

Posted: 8:26 AM, Oct 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-09 08:46:02-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The internal investigation into what happened when a man said he was racially profiled at his own apartment complex in July will continue, the Citizens Complaint Board recommended Monday evening. 

In July, Shayne Holland said he was confronted and asked to leave the pool at his own apartment. 

He said he was sitting at the pool at the River Crossing Apartments when a woman confronted him, demanded to know where he lived and asked him to leave. 

"She didn't introduce herself, she didn't say hello," Holland said in July. "She says, 'do you live here?' I'm like, 'yes, I live here, I wouldn't be here if I didn't live here.'"

Holland said the woman pressed him further, asking him to tell her exactly where he lived. 

"I'm like, 'I live over there, but if you're asking me for my address, I mean, I don't feel comfortable giving you my entire address without knowing who you are. ... Honestly, I don't want to jump to racism. I don't want to say she just pointed me out because I'm the only black dude in the pool, but that was the case."

Monday evening, the board recommended that the officers involved have their status changed from "exonerated" to "sustained," which means that instead of clearing the officers of any wrongdoing, an internal investigation would continue. 

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