Indianapolis On Pace for Deadly Year; Plan for More Street Cops Expected


Expected summer violence in Indianapolis could keep 2013 on pace to become the most deadly year in Marion County in more than half a decade, reports the Indianapolis Star. “It's the times we're living in,” said Police Chief Rick Hite. “The fact is that there are people right now carrying out vendettas for personal issues with violence.” So far this year, 71 people have been killed in Marion County. If that rate continues, the number of dead could reach 150 by the end of the year. That would be the most homicides since 151 people were slain in 2006 and not far from the record number of homicides in Marion County – 162 – in 1998. “The short-term increases are clearly alarming,” said Thomas Stucky, an associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. “All too frequently recently, the news is about another person getting shot.” Next week, Hite and Mayor Greg Ballard are expected to detail a plan that will put 100 more officers on the street.

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