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Activists and clergy gathered Downtown to bow their heads and pray that members of a civilian review panel would fire two officers who fatally shot unarmed motorist Aaron Bailey.

The prayer turned out to be in vain as the Civilian Police Merit Board voted later Thursday to not fire the officers.

“I’m just here because Aaron is my friend. … He was unjustly killed that morning,” said Mark Smith, who knew Bailey from Wheeler Mission and the Back on My Feet running club

About 20 people attended the pray-in Thursday at the City Market Plaza across from the City-County Building, where the panel heard the last day of testimony before deciding the fates of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers Carlton J. Howard and Michal P. Dinnsen.

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