IMPD responds to Butler-Tarkington neighborhood concerns

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Oct. 14, 2015)--Some residents living in the  Butler-Tarkington neighborhood on the north side of Indianapolis are frustrated after a rash of recent shootings and no arrests.

"I hate it. I really hate what's going on," said neighbor Vivian Bell.

"One day I don't just want to wake up and one of my family members or someone close to me is gone," said neighbor Jada Wilson.

"It's been a difficult last few months," said Ted Feeney, the neighborhood association president. "Tensions are pretty high."

Since late August, four people have been gunned down in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood

"This has got to stop," said neighbor Charlene Bailey.

Malik Perry, 19, was shot and killed late Tuesday night.  Wednesday a memorial including candles and stuffed animals formed at the intersection.

"They are leaving this world  so young," said Bell.

No arrests have been made during the spike in violent crime and some neighbors are taking their frustration out on police.

"Everyone wants to be protected go to bed knowing the cops are running up and down the streets," said Bell.

Tuesday, IMPD responded to those rumblings and outlined some of the resources and tactics they've used in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood.  Some of the bullet-points are listed below.

  • North District organized and participated in a intelligence-led operation that resulted in several tips for our investigative units that are currently being followed-up on.
  • Officers from shifts participated in community engagement details that included handed out water and information about connecting with neighbors.
  • A consistent level of overtime has been authorized for the area that again has led to several high quality arrest, and intelligence that has aided our investigative units.  The overtime has been varied through shifts and has continued over the last several weeks.  It is expected this overtime will continue for the foreseeable future.
  • A small contingent of officers from across districts (North and East) working to secure intelligence and high level targets.
  • Randomization of all shifts walking foot patrol, bike patrol and mobile roll-calls.
  • Attending several community meetings and vigils.
  • Continual coordinated effort between Operations and Investigative units to solve and address violent crime in the Butler-Tarkington area.

"They doing the best they can.  They can't be everywhere at once," said neighbor James Dotson.

Sunday at 2 p.m the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood will hold a peace rally that will meet at Tarkington Park.

Monday at 6:30 p.m at the MLK Community Center, residents will sit down with police for public safety discussion.


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