SJ - December 18, 2020
The NFL honored Draesjon Reed on Wednesday as a part of the league's social justice initiative called "Inspire Change." The 21-year-old was killed by an Indianapolis police officer back in May.
Dreasjon's story is a little more complicated than just a police officer shooting a young black man.
Prior to being shot by police, he led officers on a chase then jumped out of the car and took off on foot. At some point he fired two shots at officers before being shot and killed.
But that's not all. The gun Dreasjon fired at the police with was stolen and used in two drive-by shootings.
According to police, Reed was driving recklessly on the interstate the day of his death as his car “almost struck other vehicles disobeying all traffic signals.” Police pursued him on a chase but ultimately backed off to keep bystanders safe. Reed live-streamed the entire pursuit on Facebook while singing along to music and smiling at the camera.
Reed then decided to pull into a parking lot, jump out of his car and lead officers on a foot chase disregarding all commands from the police. After reportedly being ineffectively tased, gunfire broke out and Reed fired at least two shots before Mercer returned fire killing him. He had three outstanding warrants at the time of his death, one for felony intimidation and two for stealing the gun he used.
Following the shooting, Reed’s firearm was forensically matched to shell casings from two recent drive-by shootings in Indianapolis and text messages from his phone confirmed his involvement in the drive-by’s.
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Did anyone expect the NFL to do their own research before choosing who to honor? I'm not at all surprised this league isn't exactly known for how well it's run.