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Police Officer Who Shot Dreasjon Reed Sues NFL For Defamation

However, in the meantime officer Mercer has been exonerated of the shooting and authorities have determined that Mercer’s actions were legal.

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The Indianapolis Police officer who shot and killed Dreasjon Reed is suing the NFL for portraying him as a murderer now that he has been exonerated for the shooting.

IMPD officer De’Joure Mercer shot and killed Reed last year and after the shooting, the National Football Leagues added a photo of Mercer to its woke video “honoring” supposed victims of police brutality.

Here is the NFL’s ad:

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However, in the meantime officer Mercer has been exonerated of the shooting and authorities have determined that Mercer’s actions were legal.

Mercer is now suing. According to Fox 59:

“The (v)ideo gives rise to the inference, implication, and imputation that Mercer committed occupational misconduct and even criminal acts during the May 6 (e)ncounter with Reed, similar to that which were inflicted upon George Floyd,” Mercer’s lawyer writes in the complaint. “This inference, implication, and imputation is false because Mercer committed no such acts.”

Mercer’s attorney, Guy A. Relford, added:

De’Joure Mercer is a hero. He tracked down a very dangerous criminal wanted by the police, who was a threat to the citizens of Indianapolis. He put his life on the line and was nearly killed in that effort. He was completely exonerated after an exhaustive investigation into the death of Mr. Reed. For NFL Enterprises then to suggest he was involved in police or racist misconduct is totally false, defamatory and unacceptable. What happened here has nothing to do with racism.

While we support NFL Enterprises’ efforts to address social justice issues, Officer Mercer is taking a stand for the many, many good cops on duty across America. He is standing up for his friends and colleagues and sending a message that before you accuse a decorated police officer of misconduct in a national campaign, you had better get your facts straight.

The NFL has yet to reply to the lawsuit.

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