Indianapolis Community Leaders Aim to Reduce Violence

October 25, 2017 | WIBC Radio | Link to Article


INDIANAPOLIS--The community group IndyCan is hoping to reduce the violence that's been ravaging Indiana's capital city. 

IndyCan organizer Derris Ross, 27, grew up in Indianapolis. He has lost 30 friends and family to murder. That's why he's trying to make a change. 

"I want to break that cycle. We wanna end gun violence. We believe that we can cut the murder rate in half," Ross said. 

He's trying to address the root issues behind the violence like putting food on people's tables, creating jobs, and providing resources to people who commit crimes like mental health and addiction counseling. 

"We want to actually get them help so they won't be resorting to violence in the community," Ross said. 

At a meeting last night, IndyCan pleaded with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) to get on board with the violence reduction plan, commit to police stops that don't end in deaths, and putting an end to mass incarceration. The IMPD Police Chief Bryan Roach said he's on board with the plan 

"Identifying those people who may need maybe its mental health or substance abuse--getting that assistance on the front end instead of putting them through the system," Roach said. 

Roach wants to be part of the solution, but he also said the community needs to be involved too. 

"The community really has to understand that and step forward and take back some of their communities and this can help," Roach said. 

Roach will continue to meet with members of IndyCan over the next couple of weeks to try and find ways to implement the violence reduction plan.