INDIANAPOLIS–The crime in Indianapolis is being blamed on a broken system, and on what Fraternal Order of Police head Rick Snyder and Ten Point Coalition head Rev. Charles Harrison say is a “revolving door” system of justice.
“Per capita Indy is actually equaling 1.3 homicides for every one homicide in Chicago,” said Snyder, at a Friday morning news conference. “So it appears…Indy is actually 30 percent higher than Chicago’s pace for homicides per capita, thus far in 2021.”
LISTEN: Snyder and Harrison talk crime in 2021.
Indianapolis has had 93 homicides in 2021.
Snyder and Harrison called for an immediate public safety meeting, saying the mayor, judges, the FOP and law enforcement representatives, and the prosecutor should come together to discuss solutions.
Snyder called out Indy politicians for the attention they placed on the FedEx shooting, compared to the violence that occurs on a regular basis.
“We saw politicians trip over themselves to get in front of cameras to talk about the issue at hand,” said Snyder. “When all the national network cameras left town, our politicians went back to remaining silent.”
Snyder said Mayor Joe Hogsett has done a good job by keeping promises to hire more police officers, but that’s not enough. But, Snyder had words to criticize Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears and the practices of his office.
“This is what I hope that the mayor hears. He really should not continue taking the rap for a broken system that he cannot control,” he said. “Our prosecutor’s office, they are playing a significant role in giving sweetheart plea deals once a conviction is sustained, where there’s little or no jail time or criminal sentencing.”
He said pre-trial release conditions end up with people being released eho do not belong on the streets, utilizing GPS ankle monitors, which Snyder said are used more in Indianapolis than any other city, and can be easily defeated.
Harrison said people fear retaliation and do not talk to the police because people being accused of crimes are back on the street soon after their arrest.
Snyder said he and Harrison have offered solutions to the violence, which include more involvment from the faith community, or a “bottom-up” approach, but have been ignored by the city.