IMPD looks for ways to decrease youth violence after Andre Green’s death

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 12 2015) -- Leaders with the IMPD look for ways to cut down on youth violence in the wake of a deadly police shooting.

Indianapolis police officers shot and killed 15-year-old Andre Green following an alleged carjacking. Police chief Richard Hite says there are lots of lessons that can be learned from the shooting.

“Our job is to make sure we don’t take this lightly,” said Hite.

After the shooting, the mayor announced plans to include partial funding for police body cameras in next year’s city budget.

Hite says it’s a change he fully supports.

“It’s unfortunate it took an incident for this to become relevant to what we’ve been saying. We wanted the cameras way back when,” said Hite.

Hite believes having cameras on all 900 of his officers will shine a light on the chaos police see every day in the inner city.

“We have to have a process to show people what we do and what we encounter on a daily basis as police officers,” said Hite.

In addition to body cameras, the chief says the city needs to develop more programs to mentor teens and troubled families, and then there’s the issue of guns.

“You can’t give guns to kids. We have to trace that gun back to the original owner,” said Hite.

The teenage suspect in this week’s shooting had been trouble with the law long before his deadly run in with police and as online pictures show the teen often posed with firearms.

Chief Hite would like to see a crackdown on gun owners, holding them accountable if firearms end up in the hands of kids.

“If we can identify adults who provide the guns to kids, we have no choice but to bring them to justice, but again we need public support for that,” said Hite.

Hite also promised again to be completely transparent with their investigation into what happened this week.

The officers involved remain on paid leave while that takes place.

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