Flood Warning issued for several central Indiana counties, including Marion until 8:45 p.m.

Mayor Hogsett discusses ‘challenging’ 2016 as Indianapolis breaks murder record

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is responding to criticism about his ability to lead, Thursday, after an overnight murder made 2016 the deadliest year in Indianapolis history.

Last year, IMPD Investigations Unit reported 144 murders. The city just hit 145 criminal homicides when a man was shot dead at a home near 16th and Gladstone early Thursday morning. Just hours before this latest deadly shooting, Police Chief Troy Riggs announced he was stepping down.

In an interview with CBS4, Hogsett asked the public to "put this in context" adding the public safety policies he and Chief Riggs implemented this year will make a difference in time.

“Because these types of statistics only come about over time, you’re not going to be able in just one year’s time suddenly you know and dramatically reverse the trend,” he said.

Hogsett campaigned on making public safety a priority, but local Republicans are dissatisfied with the results and are calling him out. A statement from Michael McQuillen, Chairman of the Marion County Republican Party, reads:

"Indianapolis is better than this.  Indianapolis can do better than this.  Indianapolis deserves better than this.

"Mayor Joe Hogsett has presided over the deadliest year in our city's history.  He ran as a tough-on-crime prosecutor.  When he entered office, he declared the city in a 'public safety crisis.'  He's had a year to lead, and he has not led.  Citizens should demand answers and progress.

"He has no plan for our crumbling infrastructure, no plan for addressing structural budget deficits, and any plans he has had for public safety are not working.  In fact, his own police chief resigned just yesterday.

"At the same time, we commend the men and women of the IMPD and all of our first responders for their heroism and public service during this difficult time.  They deserve our unwavering support as a community.

"We encourage the Mayor to take a holistic approach, and focus on the root causes of crime."

Hogsett has his own opinions about what led up to the current situation.

“I can remember Mayor Ballard early in his term talking about how pleased he was that the number of homicides was in double digits, right? 98 homicides. And yet at the end of his term, we were up to 144. Which I think goes a long way at showing the people watching this broadcast that we have seen in context an exponential increase," he said. "We have hopefully stemmed that tide this year and in the next few years we’ll see a decrease.”

Of the 145 murders (criminal homicides) this year, only 80 have been cleared with either an  arrest, warrant, or exceptionally cleared. That puts IMPD at around a 55% solve rate this year. A police spokesman said detectives are just digging into several murders that happened late in the year.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s