Group of former law breakers looks to fight back against violent crime on east side
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A group of former law breakers is looking to fight back against violent crime on Indianapolis’ east side.
On Monday night, a group called the Concerned OG’s partnered with the 10 Point Coalition to try and reverse what has been a deadly year on the city’s east and northeast sides of town.
The two groups will hold a peace walk at 38th and Sherman, which is one of the most violent areas in the city, with nearly a dozen murders within a mile radius this year.
“It’s out of control as far I’m concerned. We are killing each other and it’s not necessary,” said Concerned OG’s founder Darryl Jones. “We’re kind of concerned about the youth because we know the path they’re going on. We’ve been on that path.”
The 10 Point Coalition currently only patrols three areas, Butler Tarkington, Crown Hill and United Northwest. The OG’s hope to duplicate that success on the east side.
“In collaboration with police and people involved in the community it can happen. We can go from neighborhood to neighborhood,” said Craig Bledsoe.
The 10 Point Coalition doesn’t have the resources to regularly patrol the east side, but they can train groups with the connections needed to curb the violence.
“Hopefully we can be a buffer between the violence. If this group isn’t getting along with that group and maybe we can bring them together come to some kind of understanding,” said Jones. “They understand that we understand what they’re going through. They know if you know what you’re talking about. Like if you’re a math teacher and talk to someone about math, they’re gonna know if they know about math. So these kids know we know what they’re going through.”
“Who knows better or can relate better than us? We’ve been in that fire,” said Bledsoe.
The concerned OG’s say they plan to start doing similar peace walks every Monday at 7:00 near 38th and Sherman. The ultimate goal is to get even more groups on the east side involved in looking at ways to stop the violence.
“This is going to take time. It is going to take time to rebuild relationships with people on the streets. It is going to take time to mobilize the community,” says Rev. Charles Harrison.