INDIANAPOLIS–Mayor Joe Hogsett says he still likes being mayor, despite the challenges of an increase in murders and non-fatal shootings, and the challenges presented by trying to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
“What has increased in 2020 have been both homicides and non-fatal shootings. So, the level of gun violence that we are experiencing is a unacceptable levels,” said Hogsett, in an interview with IndyPolitics and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz.
Hogsett said that despite the murder rate, violent crime is down overall, and he said he salutes IMPD for their efforts.
The mayor noted a focus on the downtown canal, saying there are now extra foot and bike patrols by police and more cameras soon to come.
Hogsett acknowledged that coronavirus has hurt the city’s homeless situation, with people unable to go to some centers, like the Ruben Engagement Center, which is closed.
“Even our good partners who provide shelter, they can’t take in as many folks in the evenings to provide housing because of the COVID-19 social distancing requirements,” he said. He said the city is using some of its power to try and find housing for as many people as possible.
Despite the challenges Hogsett said he still likes being mayor.
“It’s a great opportunity. The challenges are enormous. I’m not going to say that it’s easy. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s any less enjoyable and rewarding.”