Family of Slain Indianapolis Teen Wants No Protests Against Police; Father Says, “If he Was in the Wrong, he Was in the Wrong”

Kenneth Green, father of teenager Andre Green who was shot by IMPD Sunday night, reflects back on the life of his son while grandmother Rhonda Ingram also feels the loss for her grandson on Monument Circle during a vigil held Monday evening, August 11, 2015. (Photo: Matt Detrich/The Star)
Kenneth Green, father of teenager Andre Green who was shot by IMPD Sunday night, reflects back on the life of his son while grandmother Rhonda Ingram also feels the loss for her grandson on Monument Circle during a vigil held Monday evening, August 11, 2015.
(Photo: Matt Detrich/The Star)

The family of a 15-year-old carjacking suspect who was shot and killed by Indianapolis police officers over the weekend said they don’t want protests, only answers.

“If he was in the wrong, he was in the wrong,” Andre Green’s father, Kenneth, told The Indianapolis Star Tuesday night at a vigil held for his son downtown on Monument Circle. “I need more answers than questions.”

According to police, Andre Green and two other suspects were involved in a carjacking Sunday night. After the carjacking, police say four shots were fired from the car at a bystander. Soon, police were on the car’s trail and eventually, with Andre Green behind the wheel, the stolen car turned down a dead-end street. As officers closed in, police said two of the passengers fled on foot, leaving Andre Green alone in the car.

Police said Andre Green then drove the car toward the three officers who had closed in on him, narrowly missing one officer who had stepped out of her vehicle. Police opened fire. Police said Andre Green had a gun in his hand as he exited the car with fatal wounds.

A man who later said he witnessed the incident told The Indianapolis Star that Green wasn’t threatening the police with the car so much as he was trying to turn the car around, bumping into the cruiser.

“How many lives going to get lost by police?” Kenneth Green said. “I’m going to get answers. I have a very powerful voice.”

Andre Green’s grandmother, Rhonda Ingram, still has questions about the investigation. She said a police car dashboard camera or body camera capturing the incident would have been helpful.

IMPD officers don’t wear body cameras — a pilot program that tested them ended last month — and very few IMPD cars are equipped with dashboard cameras. City officials are looking for ways to continue to fund a body-camera program.

At the time of Sunday’s shooting, court records show, Andre Green was being sought by juvenile authorities for violating the terms of his probation from another auto theft case earlier this year. Records show Andre Green was charged in April with auto theft and criminal mischief.

“There’s a lot of troubled teens,” Kenneth Green said. “I know who my son was.”

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SOURCE: Michael Anthony Adams, The Indianapolis Star

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