INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Terror attacks, mass shootings, officer-involved shootings and attacks on police. As our nation mourns over recent violence, many in central Indiana are asking what can be done to keep our community safe?
That’s why, on Monday, CBS4 joined local and federal law enforcement officials, faith leaders and youth organizations who are coming together to start an open dialogue, answering your questions LIVE during a digital town hall.
Some of those in attendance included Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, IMPD Chief Brian Reeder, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler, FBI Special Agent Jay Abbott, Rev. Charles Harrison, Nigel Long, Adrienne Slash, Pastor James Jackson and more.
Panelists discussed issues like policing, race relations, prosecution of officers, drugs, crime, and the engagement of youth.
Nigel Long, a young man who is heavily involved in the community, said that he and other young people want to have a seat at the table, and that their needs are often misinterpreted by the older generation.
“We have to put our badges down, we have to put our guns down, on the side of black people we have to put our aggression down and create a place to where we can sit down and talk just like this,” Long said.
Earlier in the day, Radio One kicked things off by taking questions on the air, in order to engage beyond just the web.
“We need to highlight what is going on (that’s) positive. We need to help bridge that gap between the media, the community, and those who are in power,” Community Affairs Director Liz Dixson said.
For their part, panelists from law enforcement encouraged people to engage with them, tell them about concerns, and file complaints if you have an experience you believe to be wrong. You can file a complaint against an IMPD officer through the Citizens Police Complaint Board.
They also encouraged people, young and old, to be a part of the solution. You can participate in a National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 2. You can also volunteer with Ten Point Coalition or with the Indianapolis Urban League Exchange.