Indy's Homicide Rate is a Shameful and Tragic Embarrassment for Our City

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Indy's Homicide Rate is a Shameful and Tragic Embarrassment for Our City

Rick Snyder, President of Fraternal Order of Police, on Why We're Not Making Meaningful Progress

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The homicide rate in the city of Indianapolis continues to move in the wrong direction at an alarming rate. 

No less than six homicides occurred in under a 24-hour span over the weekend - a tragic reminder that despite their best efforts, law enforcement and community organziations have been unable to effectively counter the violent crime in our city.

WIBC hosts Jason Hammer and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz spoke with Rick Synder, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Monday about last weekend's murder spree and why we're not making meaningful progress in the battle against the homicide rate in Indianapolis.

Synder:

"We didn't just get here overnight or because the weather warmed up. This has been an ongoing issue that no one can seem to get their hands around. 

...It seems as though it's become an accepted reality in our city, and that should never be the case.

...I've seen a lot of reports about gun violence. It's not gun violence, it's people violence. And we've got to move past what's in people's hands and what's in their minds and their hearts. And how did we get to this point in society? And you're not going to get quick solutions and quick answers overnight, but we can't make meaningful progress unless we start having those conversations and asking those difficult questions.

...In the interim, we have got to send a message that there will be strong accountability. And I think that's a big contributing factor to what's going on in our city, which are the flaws and the failings of our criminal justice system right here in the Indianapolis - especially as it comes to the local bond rule issues when people are arrested, and that's all garnered by the jail overcrowding that we have in our county."

Click the link below to hear Hammer and Abdul's full interview with Rick Snyder.

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