Community leaders, victims’ families call for end to ‘code of silence’ regarding crime

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 2, 2015) – Community leaders want to push back against what they call a “code of silence” in Indianapolis.

Leaders from the Ten Point Coalition and families of homicide victims are set to announce a new campaign Wednesday meant to help bring criminals to justice.

The group said the Amanda Blackburn case shows what can happen when members of the public step forward with information that can help police. The pastor’s wife was fatally shot last month. Police eventually arrested two men on murder charges.

Then there are cases like the September 2015 death of 10-year-old Deshaun Swanson. Police have yet to make an arrest in the case. In October, two teenage girls--Coriana Johnson, 17, and Makayla Mitchell, 18--died while sitting in a car. That case, too, remains unsolved.

The Rev. Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition said victims’ families deserve closure—and they need people with information to step forward.

“People don’t want to give information when it affects someone else, but when violence affects your family, someone you love then you want people to come forward,” Harrison said.

Wednesday’s news conference will be streamed live on and the CBS4 app.


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