Andre Green is another Black teen who never the a chance to live to his full potential. The 15-year-old boy was fatally shot by Indianapolis police Friday morning. According to police, they were justified in Shooting Green, but there are conflicting reports. In the video above, a man who says he witnessed the entire situation says the police weren’t justified in their actions. However, there are are no cameras to corroborate either story.
Via Indy Star:
Police say Green and two others were involved in a carjacking on the Eastside at about 10 p.m. After the carjacking in the 3100 block of Thompkins Square Court, they say four shots were fired from the car at a bystander. Soon, police were on the car’s trail and eventually, with Green behind the wheel, the stolen car turned down a dead-end street, the 3300 block of Butler Avenue. As police closed in, police say two of the passengers fled on foot, leaving Green alone in the car.
That is when police say Green steered the car, a Nissan Altima, toward three officers who had closed in on him.
They opened fire.
Green stumbled — badly wounded — out of the car, police say. A handgun was found nearby. Within 10 minutes, medics arrived and pronounced Green dead.
On one hand, people who knew Green say that he told a mentor that he had been staying out of trouble, and planned to finish high school and go to college. But the media is beginning to spin its usual “troubled teen” narrative, as if people can’t turn their lives around. According reports, Green had run away from home, and spent time in juvenile court, but he was apparently caught up in a bad situation on the day he was killed.
Police defended the shooting, saying that the officer’s lives were in danger because Green had a handgun and that he drove the car toward them. Unfortunately, the IMPD officers weren’t wearing body cameras, and few IMPD cars are equipped with dashboard cameras.
“I’m sad about the whole situation. I can’t say a lot about it because I don’t know the whole situation,” said Shane Evans, Greens former mentor. He added: “We all make mistakes.”