"Blight" sets in where children once played and memories of the neighborhood picnic variety were made.
“I ask you, what are we supposed to do?” said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite. “We don’t have the resources to have additional cops right now, so we make do. What we’re trying to do is maximize our resources on the street.”
“Right now, the Department of Public Safety takes up over 86 percent of the entire city budget,” he said, or about $430 million of the budget, of which $200 million goes directly to IMPD. “Anything additional that we spend comes out of some other government agency, or we end up in a deficit.
And it’s not the only plan law enforcement officials have implemented. Last winter, the city launched new “zero-tolerance” crackdowns on youth violence at area shopping malls and added extra on-duty officers at places such as Circle Centre mall, the Downtown Canal and Broad Ripple.
That’s a point that Rev. Charles Harrison, president of the Ten Point Coalition, can agree with — though he’s frustrated by a lack of financial support for his faith-based crime-prevention group.
Harrison pointed to the death of Edwards as an example of how criminal attitudes are changing for the worse.
“Downtown was full of cops, but yet those kids still went down there and committed a murder,” he said. “They’re not afraid to go to jail. They’re not afraid to die.
“We cannot use old strategies to try to combat the violence that we’re seeing today.”Harrison said his social outreach group used to send as many as 10 workers to troubled neighborhoods to ferret out the root of criminal activity and counsel troubled youths, but now has only four workers for that task.
City officials are sending 116 additional police officers to street patrol, Mayor Greg Ballard announced today.
The Department of Public Safety will also fund two classes of recruits in the next two years.
Each class will be at least 50 officers and will cost an estimated $5.3 million, DPS Deputy Director Valerie Washington said.
DPS also plans to hire 45 civilians by the end of 2014 to free up officers for street duty, Washington said.
The cost of hiring the civilians is estimated at $2.7 million.
Members of the Ten Point Coalition of ministers say Indianapolis' City County Council are playing politics with $2 million in city funding.
Rev. Charles Harrison says that money should've already been distributed to various city programs to aid in crime prevention. Harrison was surrounded by numerous ministers during the announcement Monday at 29th & Capitol on the city's near north side. That's the scene of a double homicide this past weekend.
Harrison and Rev. Clarence Moore say the community really needs $5 million to spend on youth mentoring, job training and community development. Rev. Harrison says he plans to ask the city for $5 million, but council needs to release the $2 million first. Coalition members say the community needs the money now and they anticipate crime will only get worse as summer grows hotter.
|Tim Wise's vision of peace and stability in the absence of white privilege crashed and burned with Detroit; let's try it with Indianapolis...|
If the trend continues, Indianapolis could be a minority-majority city by the latter years of the next decade.
Last week, the 2012 Census population estimates for Indianapolis showed that Blacks and Hispanics continue to fuel the city-county’s growth. The Black population since 2010 grew by 8,103 or 3.1 percent to a record 268,920. The Hispanic population also set a record at 89,527, up 5,061 or 6.0 percent.
Even the Asian population soared by 10 percent, growing from 1,906 to 20,929.The White population in the city-county grew a paltry 1,063 since 2012; a rise of 0.2 percent to 540,608.
Blacks are now 29.3 percent of Indianapolis; Hispanics 9.7 percent; Asians 2.3 percent. Add it up and minorities make up 41.2 percent of America’s 11th largest city.
In 1990, white non-Hispanics comprised 76.5 percent of the city’s population; today just 58.8 percent.
Between 1990 and 2012, the white population of Indianapolis fell by 69,572; an 11.4 percent decline. During the same period, Black city-county population rose 99,266 or 58.5 percent and Hispanic population exploded 81,077; an almost tenfold increase.
The march to Indianapolis becoming a minority-majority is inevitable. But Mayor Greg Ballard and his administration, the increasingly clueless leadership of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the city’s other white powerbrokers are trying to derail the inevitability of Indianapolis becoming minority-majority.
Take Ballard and Indy leaders’ push for companies to bring “high-tech” and “high paying jobs” here. Unfortunately, those jobs rarely go to city residents or minorities.Then there’s the mayor and business leaders’ rhetoric about improving schools, especially IPS, so more middle class families with children will move back “into the city.”
But what would happen if those refugees of Indianapolis, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, etc., (all representing "battles" the historic American nation population lost), stopped looking for the next drifter colony to call home for twenty or so years before an influx of non-whites destroyed the equity they built in their home?
What if the future isn't in America anymore?
What if the future is in Europe, where a resurgent nationalism is fueled by an influx of dispossessed Americans?