Rev. Charles Harrison: We Need More Stable Households to Bring Crime Down in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS-- 74 people shot, 23 people killed, and 22 people stabbed in the last 34 days. Those are the numbers of recent violence in Indianapolis. It could get worse, says Reverend Charles Harrison, the leader of the Indy Ten Point Coalition.
"We tend to see an uptick in violence around Thanksgiving and heading into Christmas. People are desperate and we have seen this uptick for the last five years. Even the drug dealer is more in jeopardy this time of the year because people are desperate," Harrison said to 93 WIBC's Abdul-Hakim Shabazz Thursday morning.
He says the violence in Indianapolis is out of control.
"We have outpaced New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Chicago in violence here in Indianapolis. It's very concerning," Harrison said.
Harrison says it's time to have a tough conversation in the black community about what is causing the violence.
"One of those factors is certainly the large number of African-Americans whose children are being born into single-parent households where a mother may not have the income to support the number of children she's having and the abandonment of these children by the father," Harrison said.
Which is why he thinks one of the solutions is a stable household.
"If we have stable households and positive male role models in the lives of these young men and young women, I believe we would see less violence. Those homicide numbers would look a whole lot different if we have strong families and responsible fathers who are taking care of their children," Harrison said.
Over 160 people have been killed in Indianapolis so far in 2019.