An incredibly bloody start to 2014 (after a bloody 2013), which just saw eight people murdered in a 15 hour time span. [Seeking explanations for 8 homicides in 15 hours: Do the killings reflect a shortage of police, a violent culture or a gun problem?, Indy Star, 2/21/14]
|Black Police Chief Rick Hite (flanked by placards of black criminals, the kind killing of the viability of Indianapolis) is working to increase diversity among IMPD... who cares about reducing violence?|
But who cares about crime and reducing violence, when Police Chief Rick Hite (once the president of the black racial Vanguard Justice Society in Baltimore, which promotes the interest of black police officers) can be congratulated for increasing diversity - translation: decreasing opportunities for white males - in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department ((IMPD)). [Indy’s chief crime fighter has hope in face of violence, Indy Star, 2/10/14]:
“Son, if you see a good fight, get in it.”
Those words from the late Rev. Vernon Johns were quoted to me by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite as we talked in his office last week. Johns, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fiery predecessor as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., had a great deal of influence in shaping the thinking of many activists and citizens, including Hite.
Hite, a native of Gary and graduate of Gary Roosevelt High School, speaks with the frankness and common sense of a Hoosier. As we discussed crime and quality of life in Indianapolis and Marion County, it was hard to tell if I was speaking with a police chief or an academic analyst. Hite rolled off statistics and studies relating to criminality, economics and issues of plain survival.
He discussed the “predator and prey” phenomenon that afflicts far too many youth and young adults where “the big eat the small and a gun makes you tall,” as well as the sad fact that, for many young people exposed to violent acts, “the generation that sees it perpetrates it.” Inadequate coping skills and inappropriate responses to the pressures of life create frustration that often morphs into the crime, violence and death that police officers witness every day.
Hite, who is retired from the Baltimore Police Department, was president of the Vanguard Justice Society which represented black police officers in that city. His commitment to diversity continues here as IMPD now has an assistant chief and deputy chief of operations who are African-American and two of six commander spots within operations are held by women, one white and one black.
Hite feels it important that IMPD reflect the community it serves while employing the best and the brightest, and having promotions and succession planning that reflect the city’s diversity.A few years ago, Indianapolis black agitator Amos Brown III demanded federal monitoring of the IMPD (what he dubbed "an army of occupation") and the hiring and promotion of exclusively black police officers. [It’s time the federal Justice Department monitors IMPD!, Indianapolis Recorder, 6/18/10]:
Black leadership’s demands include new federal monitoring of IMPD. Why?
When you have a police department with no new Black recruits over two years, no new Black sergeants and lieutenants, no Blacks on the police academy’s faculty. A police department, where complaints about nasty comments and boorish behavior by cops is increasing. When the prevailing attitude of many cops is that when it comes to Blacks, they’re an army of occupation, not a force to protect and serve, then it’s time for the feds to monitor.
Our community agrees with “zero tolerance” for police brutality. We also want “zero tolerance” on police abuse of power, police disrespect towards Blacks, Hispanics, persons of color and the poor in Indianapolis. We want zero tolerance against those cops who lash out with no fear of facing discipline at those peacefully, verbally protesting police actions. We want zero tolerance against the refusal of IMPD, and the mayor who controls them, to hire and promote Black officers.Black violence hasn't stopped (or slowed down) in Indianapolis, despite the hiring of a lifelong advocate for black interests as the police chief of the city and the hiring of more black officers to "better reflect the community they serve."
And, yes, the violence is almost exclusively courtesy of the black community. ['Genocide': Residents are Affected by Increased Crime, Indianapolis Recorder, 1/24/14]:
IMPD also has a bevy of community partners that help address violence, such as the Ten Point Coalition.
Rev. Charles Ellis, pastor of 25th St. Baptist Church and interim executive director of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition said the group’s passion and mission is to help reduce street violence and improve the community.
“(Blacks) are committing genocide,” Ellis said. “And what’s surprising to me is that the perpetrators are getting younger and younger.”
In addition to lack of resources, Ellis said other reasons behind today’s violence include feelings of hopelessness and that violence is glamorized in society leading to a disconnect between fantasy and reality.
Some argue that steps taken to combat violent crimes committed by or against whites are taken more seriously than when violence occurs against Blacks. Ellis understands this sentiment, however he believes the fundamental issue is the availability of and easy access to illegal guns that should be addressed by lawmakers.
“We need leaders who are going to drive change,” Wheeler agreed.The recent spat of violence (eight killed in 15 hours) brought out the good Rev. Ellis of the black Ten Point Coalition, to once again say... absolutely nothing about reducing crime in Indianapolis:
'All hands on deck'
A community activist with the Indianapolis-based crime-reduction organization, the Ten Point Coalition, blamed an "increasingly violent culture" for the rising number of homicides.
"It's complex because it goes beyond that segment that we would like to say are criminals or who are out to do bad or have bad intentions," the Rev. Charles Ellis said.
"We certainly have a segment like that, but we also have people who in many regards are everyday people, but they have chosen to solve situations by shooting one another. Every time it happens, it cripples the spirit of our community. It's sad that we have degenerated to this level."
Solutions are not easy, Ellis acknowledged. But he believes church groups and others are making a difference by spending time in neighborhoods, counseling youths and encouraging families.In tens years time, Indianapolis will be a majority-minority city (in 1990, the city was 76.1 percent white), with the black population capable of exercising its collective racial muscle, and democratically electing a black mayor... and never forget voting is just an exercise of force.
The city is already well-on-its-way to becoming just another Milwaukee or Chicago.
But don't worry: even in the face of increasing violence (which means higher taxes on the white population to pay for more police to patrol black areas of the city), there's something to celebrate.
Increased diversity among the police department!
The removal of white males from any position of power (call it a "goodwill purge").
And the end of the IMPD as a white "army of occupation" for the black criminal communities of Indianapolis, and its place the creation of a black "army of the willing" to promote black interests and the consolidation of power in black hands.
It happened in Baltimore, where Chief Hite cut his teeth as the president of the black supremacist Vanguard Justice Society, and it is happening in Indianapolis.
Black violence never did end in Baltimore; there's no end to it in Indianapolis either.