|A perfect graphic for the violence found in Indianapolis -- almost entirely African in its origins|
Penika Edwards this afternoon was mourning her 16-year-old son Monquize, fatally shot on a Downtown sidewalk Thursday night.
“He was fun. He was loving,’’ she said in her Near-Eastside residence.
“People loved him, he was a people person,” Edwards said. But, she added, he was a “child that was a troubled teen.”
“I never thought this day would come so soon.”
12:30 p.m. update: Victim identified as 16-year-old Monquize Edwards; state Sen. Mike Delph describes scene near Statehouse as “total anarchy.”
The fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy occurred among other reports of violence and harassment as thousands gathered for Downtown’s July 4 fireworks.
Early this afternoon, IMPD identified the victim as Monquize Edwards of Indianapolis, fatally shot near Meridian and Maryland streets about 11:30 p.m.
Elsewhere Downtown Thursday night, police broke up several fights among large groups of juveniles, and in some instances fired “pepper balls” to disperse the quarreling or lingering crowds. In two instances police used their stun guns to subdue combatants to make arrests.
State Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, said he saw fighting near the Indiana Statehouse while watching fireworks with his family. He called the scene “total anarchy” and called for greater resources for IMPD to try to help them address security.
“I had never felt unsafe in the city of Indianapolis,” he said. “It was just a sad time to be there.”
IMPD Sgt. Jerry Durham wrote in one report that the “unruly, unsupervised juveniles” Downtown “numbered several hundred.” Durham arrested a 14-year-old boy on charges of disorderly conduct because he refused to quit blocking the sidewalk.
He wrote that the boy was arrested because “his actions appeared to disrupt and endanger others who had to pass him while walking on the street.”
The monopoly on violence is firmly in the hands of the black community of Indianapolis, with hundreds of unruly teens (a veritable mahogany mob) just daring the beleaguered police to do something about their display of force -- a force protected by Organized Blackness, if the city leaders of Indianapolis dare crack down to hard on this siege.
Before he was arrested, the officer said the boy “was engaged in fights and disturbances with numerous other juveniles and none of them were accompanied by parents.”
12:45 a.m. Friday: Police arrested a 16-year-old boy at North Meridian and Vermont streets on charges of resisting arrest, curfew violation and disorderly conduct. A police report stated that the boy fought officers and spit at them when they tried to handcuff him.
He had been with a large, loud group of juveniles, according to the police report.
10 a.m. update: Riggs says shooting occurred despite police presenceIndianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs called Thursday night’s fatal shooting of a 16-year-old “extremely sad.’’
Referring to police in the Downtown area at the time, Riggs said there were "a tremendous amount of resources.""Sometimes even if you have 100 more cops it can't stop something like this," he said.
"Total anarchy" greeted those individuals traveling into Indianapolis to celebrate 'secession day'; truly, the ultimate manifestation of freedom ringing loud and clear for anyone wishing to see a city where but one police confrontation gone wrong will produce a 1967-style Detroit riot.
You're encouraged to read the archives of SBPDL and educate yourself on the perilous situation found in Indianapolis.
It's beginning to smell a lot like Detroit in 1967...
But remember: the good people of Indianapolis can't cancel the impending Indiana Black Expo, unless they are prepared for being called 'racist' and resurrecting some vestige of Jim Crow.