‘Live Free’ meeting to address violence in Indy

October 15, 2015 | WISHTV | Link to Article



INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The first of two meetings will be held Thursday where the candidates running for mayor of Indianapolis will talk crime.

Expected at the first meeting are 300 religious leaders from a group called Indy Congregation Action Network. Leaders of that group say the Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States inspired them to take action.

They and the Department of Justice are holding what they’re calling a ‘Live Free’ Town Hall meeting Thursday night to confront candidates for the next mayor of Indianapolis. They say they want the new leader to invest in more strategies to stop gun violence in the city.

Talk of gun violence comes just days after another murder shook the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood in Indianapolis. Police say Malik Perry was gunned down Tuesday evening, not less than a block away from his home. It was the latest shooting to come to the neighborhood after two others were gunned down over the last few months, including 10-year-old Deshaun Swanson.

Neighbors in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood say there’s a turf war going on stemming from drugs.

“We started a movement. All we asked for was a bigger police presence,” said neighbor Anthony Hampton. “Everybody in the streets know what’s going on, including the police. They know what’s going on over here. We’re in talks with some people in other areas in hopes to stop what’s going on.”

The Live Free town hall meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the New Direction Christian Church, at 5330 East 38th Street.

U.S. District Attorney Josh Minkler, Democratic Mayoral Candidate Joe Hogsett, Republican Chuck Brewer and Sheriff John Layton have all said they are going to the meeting.

Before Malik’s death, according to police, there have been 114 homicides this year in the city of Indianapolis.