“We are tired of burying our young black males,” said Byron Alston, director of Save the Youth in Indianapolis. Community groups yesterday pleaded with young people, their families, and their neighbors to stop the mounting violence around their homes, says the Indianapolis Star. Police this year have investigated 38 homicides — eight more than 2004.
At a news conference, church leaders, business leaders, youth groups, and city officials asked city residents to declare their neighborhoods Violence-Free Zones. They urged the creation of local programs to monitor crime and provide services to young people. Police Chief Michael Spears said residents know their neighborhood better than the police. Officers have been told to spend more time patrolling on foot, knocking on more doors when investigating crimes, and pooling their knowledge with locals.