It’s beginning to look like boarding up downtown businesses and “bracing for riots’ is the “new normal” that Democrats warned us ab0ut – not Coronavirus lockdowns.
In Indianapolis, law enforcement, residents, and business owners appear almost confident that violence will follow if a grand jury decision fails to charge one or more officers in the fatal police shooting of Dreasjon Reed.
Reed was fatally shot by Indianapolis police on May 6. Later in May the death of George Floyd in at the hands of Minneapolis police prompted riots.
Indianapolis police said Reed, 21, was driving recklessly before stopping at the intersection of West 62nd Street and Michigan Road where he fled on foot.
Police said Reed ultimately exchanged gunfire with officers. Reed’s family, however, claimed that Reed did not fire a gun.
Downtown Indy Inc., the not-for-profit agency tasked with managing and marketing downtown, alerted building owners Sunday night that they may wish to secure their properties ahead of grand jury findings that may be announced this week.
“Businesses have scars that run deep of costs incurred and lost business revenue resulting from the violence that occurred back in late May,” Bob Schultz, Downtown Indy’s senior vice president of marketing and communications told IndyStar. “Therefore, many are keeping their boards up or initiating additional security measures in anticipation of the findings announcement.”
WIBC host Tony Katz commented Tuesday on the cultural changes that have accompanied the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement and outrage over police-involved shootings.
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