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IMPD Chief Bryan Roach said the officers did not follow their training and he recommended they be fired. That decision was ultimately in the hands of the merit board, though, and a majority of its members disagreed with him.

“It was just a difference of opinion of whether those policies were met or not,” Roach said. “It is disappointing obviously. I believe one way and the board chose another, but I’ve been talking since Day One about the process. We let the process go through and that is what we do. We follow the process and do the best we can and this is a result of that process.”

Several of Bailey’s family members were in the courtroom when the vote happened. They were seen crying while leaving the room.

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