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Nearly a year has passed since two Indianapolis police officers fatally shot 45-year-old Aaron Bailey, an unarmed black man. His death summoned old wounds and renewed battle lines that have hardened over the years.

There have been rallies and community meetings calling for justice. Promises of change from those in charge. Pledges from the police chief for transparency — and a commitment to a fair process.

Although a prosecutor cleared Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers Carlton J. Howard and Michal P. Dinnsen of any criminal charges, a Civilian Police Merit Board administrative hearing would serve as a final battleground: Chief Bryan Roach vs. the two officers, who were backed by the police officers union.

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