On April 25, 2022, Herman Whitfield III was murdered by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers after his parents called 911 to support their son during a mental health crisis in their home. Instead of receiving the care and support his family requested, Herman III was tasered, double handcuffed, and suffocated by the police. The IMPD then held the family while they searched their home without a warrant, threatening Herman’s mother with arrest simply because she objected to the search.
In July 2022, the coroner’s office determined that the IMPD killed Herman III. A year later, justice has not been brought to Herman, his family, the Indianapolis community that grieves his death, and the broader community, all tirelessly fighting for accountability.
Herman was a prolific musician and composer whose music and care deeply touched his community. This past Saturday, @blackmusictherapynetwork joined Herman’s family and the Justice of Herman Campaign (@justice4herman3rd) for the IN HARMONY FOR JUSTICE FREE CONCERT & DEMONSTRATION to honor his life, grieve his death, and galvanize efforts through music to continue the daily fight for justice.
Despite the tireless effort to broadcast Herman’s story on news outlets and public platforms, this story has been suppressed. We need your help to spread the word by following @justice4herman3rd , sharing this page with your community, signing the petition stating demands to Indianapolis City officials (www.justice4herman3rd.org), and signing up for more information so justice may be actualized for Herman and state-sanctioned anti-Black violence does not take another life.
IN HARMONY FOR JUSTICE FREE CONCERT & DEMONSTRATION
From Justice For Herman Campaign
Current Status: Almost a year after his murder, on 4/13/2023, an Indianapolis grand jury indicted two officers (Steven Sanchez and Adam Ahmad) of the six officers who killed Herman and criminal proceedings are tentatively scheduled for July 2023. However, these two officers (and all six officers) are still employed with the Indianapolis police. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, the IMPD Chief Randall Taylor, the Merit Board, and the City-County Council have ignored calls for the termination of the officers and a U.S. Dept of Justice federal investigation into Herman's death. The Indianapolis press/news outlets in Indianapolis were invited to cover In Harmony for Justice, but would not cover this event on 4/22/2023.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Sign Up for email updates by visiting the Justice for Herman Whitfield III Campaign website at: https://www.justice4herman3rd.org and share widely in your circles.
Volunteer locally or remotely to support our efforts at our website. Attend the criminal court dates in Indianapolis for the two (of six) officers who have been charged for Herman's homicide.
Tell the U.S. Dept of Justice to investigate the police homicide of Herman III and other instances of police brutality and human rights violations in Indianapolis: https://civilrights.justice.gov/report/
Donate to support justice efforts at https://gofund.me/5e0b6781