Protests are now being held in Indianapolis, Indiana after a police officer fatally shot 21-year-old Sean Reed.
The military veteran was sharing the incident on Facebook Live.
Over 4,000 people were watching Reed's live-stream, which was titled "High speed chase lol."
The Facebook Live video shows Mr. Reed being pursued by police in unmarked cars, giving his location and asking for… https://t.co/S9uhgI0o9j— Rebecca Kavanagh (@Rebecca Kavanagh)1588820478.0
Reed broke traffic laws and was pursued by unmarked police vehicles for miles while saying out-loud to his stream:
"Almost lost him, y'all!...Almost got rid of his a**!...I'm not going to jail today!"
They shot him 15 times as he was running away and then they joked that he would need a closed casket. This is Sea… https://t.co/ftDyvMC9vl— Rebecca Kavanagh (@Rebecca Kavanagh)1588820976.0
As Reed was parking his vehicle, he implored anyone watching his stream to come pick him up, saying:
"I'm going to park this motherfucker and get the f*ck out...Somebody come get my stupid a**. Please come get me. Please come get me."
I knew Sean, he was my friend. He was my wingman in basic training. me, him, and our crew would always talk about… https://t.co/N0M2InFyB2— Zy-Lack (@Zy-Lack)1588828577.0
Shortly afterwards, Reed, shirtless, runs out of his car. A voice can be heard telling him to stop and another voice shouts "F*ck you!" in response.
Moments later, Reed trips and falls. He drops his phone but the sound of 12 gunshots can be clearly heard as the camera faces the sky.
According to a police press release, there was an exchange of gunfire between the two parties at this point.
"Initial information indicates the officer deployed his taser. At which point there was an exchange of gunfire between the driver and the officer."
RIGHT NOW on @FOX59: @IMPDnews chief talks about 3 deaths involving officers’ actions in less than 24 hours 📍deat… https://t.co/ucd00gQh7U— Beairshelle Edmé (@Beairshelle Edmé)1588865545.0
After the shooting, a voice can be heard saying near Reed's body:
"Think it's going to be a closed casket, homie."
Says gun was found that was #SeanReed’s and that the gun found was fired twice. That the same gun is in Reed’s phot… https://t.co/DnbIM6JiFn— Beairshelle Edmé (@Beairshelle Edmé)1588865704.0
The shooting officer, who is also Black, has been placed on administrative leave.
The Indianapolis chief of police issued a statement defending the officer's actions.
Asked if the shooting was justified: @impd chief says we try not to jump to conclusion... but I have no reason to t… https://t.co/0jk38GAivX— Beairshelle Edmé (@Beairshelle Edmé)1588866053.0
Reed's sister, Jazmine Reed, commented that non-deadly force should have been used to arrest her brother, saying:
"I guess [Sean] decided for whatever reason he wanted to do high speed. He didn't think. He was dumb. He didn't always think before doing certain things, which is wrong...He could be behind bars, but now he'll be in a casket the next time I see him."
NEW: Here’s a response from the Greater Indianapolis @NAACP in regard to the killing of Sean Reed. https://t.co/PRZ5HtXPnu— Darius Johnson (@Darius Johnson)1588864481.0
Countless citizens agree with Reed's family, with large protests being held outside police headquarters and at the scene of the shooting.
I’ve spoken w/Demetree Wynn, mother of Sean Reed, a 21 year old veteran killed last night by police in Indianapolis… https://t.co/LHNbIZRv4r— Reverend Al Sharpton (@Reverend Al Sharpton)1588867009.0
NEW VIDEO: Dozens of protestors outside the City County Building with is also IMPD’s Headquarters. They are here fo… https://t.co/78UCzCO17E— Darius Johnson (@Darius Johnson)1588867661.0
PROTEST FOR SEAN REED: https://t.co/06oZLFQHjP— Darius Johnson (@Darius Johnson)1588868114.0
NEW IMAGES FROM PROTEST FOR SEAN REED: https://t.co/N0LR42SQX6— Darius Johnson (@Darius Johnson)1588867964.0
A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR SEAN REED: https://t.co/9QSkKLHuOk— Darius Johnson (@Darius Johnson)1588869030.0
This incident is the latest in a series of high profile shootings where the police have used deadly force against Black men.
At some point our country must meaningfully acknowledge that the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Sandra Blan… https://t.co/O53LPO4emM— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1588849795.0
Protesters marched at the Georgia State Capitol calling for justice in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery,… https://t.co/h74vuNkO8Y— NowThis (@NowThis)1588865709.0
Two young lives gone too soon! #SeanReed was 21. #AhmaudArbery was 25. RIP, Young Kings. 🙏🏿 https://t.co/6c1qKPM56S— ESSENCE (@ESSENCE)1588868845.0
Reed's shooting is still under investigation by the Indianapolis police department.