INDY FOP STATEMENT ON TONIGHT'S COUNCIL VOTE -
FOP Calls on Council to Amend Proposal to Fund Immediate Steps to Interrupt Violence
40 days ago, Mayor Hogsett announced a plan to sprinkle millions of dollars into various groups and individuals as part of a Summer Violence 'Reduction' Proposal.
Our Indy FOP warned back then that many more would be shot, stabbed, and killed while waiting on the Indy Council to act.
Unfortunately, this has proven true. Since the Proposal: 189 more people have been shot or stabbed with 33 losing their lives.
That's a person shot or stabbed every 5 hours and a person killed every 30 hours while elected officials sat on their hands.
This once again shows:
Delays + Distractions = No Plan
As Indy is in 2/3 of the way through summer, the Mayor's administration has admitted their Summer Spending (if passed tonight) won't take effect until Winter at the end of this year.
Victims Deserve Better.
Therefore, we call on the Council to Amend the Proposal and immediately move on the 4 solutions Proposed by Policing Professionals:
1. Purchase and deploy a gunshot detection system;
2. Purchase and deploy movile and static license plate readers;
3. Staff the arrestee processing center 24 hours a day, particularly during the summer months;
4. Cease automatic low bonds for repeat convicted folons for all-new Level 6 felonies charged.
These 4 Actions provide technology to immediately interrupt this Crisis and help close the Revolving Door to Repeat Violent Offenders in Marion County.
Indy Can't Wait!
March 15, 2021
“Our Indianapolis community bore the painful consequences of violence once again this past weekend.
Unfortunately this is nothing new. Our law enforcement organization along with faith leaders warned of this surging violence 18 months ago in the Fall of 2019.
In January 2020, our law enforcement professionals placed ‘Seven Solutions’ on the table for consideration. A key step was to convene a Commission on Criminal Justice Outcomes to examine and fix the broken system of criminal justice within Marion County.
Sadly, our elected executive and legislative leaders rejected such a proposal. They told our city they knew best and they had a plan.
It’s been over a year and hundreds more have died as a result of criminal violence. So we ask yet again: ‘Where’s Their Plan...Where’s Their Action?’
Our residents and officers are stuck in the middle of this violence. We are weary of any politicians who point to inanimate objects as the source of our violence.
When it comes to Indy’s Violence it is NOT a proliferation of guns from last year, but a proliferation of criminals who have no fear of consequences due to a broken system of criminal justice that cycles repeat convicted offenders back into our neighborhoods.
Indy is a city in crisis. We need leaders to stop putting politics over people and stop pointing fingers at each other and instead point to solutions.
In the interim, Indy’s policing professionals will continue to stand the line to serve and protect our residents, visitors and business owners. We will always get out of our cars.”
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