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Street Justice: Why You're Being Asked to Talk to the Police

Some people are living under a code of silence, even when something bad happens to them.

INDIANAPOLIS--You might remember having a code about not snitching when you were in school on the playground. Some people carry that a good bit further and refuse to talk to the police when someone is shot or stabbed in the neighborhood.

The latest example in Indiana is in the capital city, where a 15-year-old was shot Wednesday morning about 1:30, and has refused to cooperate with the police.

"Individuals are being shot and because a lot of times they are involved in criminal activities themselves, many of them hold by this code on the street of not snitching," said Rev. Charles Harrison, with the Ten Point Coalition. "So we end up having a lot of this street justice, which leads to more people being harmed."

Harrison and other Ten Point Coalition leaders are involved with communities in Indianapolis and Muncie, and plan to take their methods to other parts of the state where there are violent crimes.

He said his group sees a lot the code of silence and street justice. 

"People who are involved in what I call the underground economy, would rather handle things themselves than have police getting involved and arrest the person that shot them."

He said the Ten Point Coalition encourages people to talk, rather than perpetuate more violence.

"If people are able to shoot and harm others and there are no repercussions, then they will continue to do that," he said. "Allow police to handle it."

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