STATEMENT ON VIOLENT WEEKEND FROM INDY FOP
Once again, Indiana’s Capital City experienced one of the most violent weekends to date this calendar year.
Multiple people were shot, stabbed and killed. These are human lives impacted, not stats to be tabulated.
Indianapolis residents and officers are stuck in the middle of this violence.
Our Indy FOP is greatly troubled by the lack of visibility by any elected or appointed leaders in response to these tragedies.
Indy’s Mayor, Prosecutor, Council President must legitimately engage on these issues (in real-time).
Simply talking about root causes means nothing to those in the middle of the violence, those losing their lives and the families that are being destroyed right now.
Leaders must act and outline their plan to intervene and triage this situation now.
Intervention and Prevention efforts must both happen together in real-time.
We need Actions Over Words. Victims deserve better…Officers and Detectives risking their lives in the neighborhoods deserve better…Indiana’s Capital City deserves better.
Rick Snyder, President
STATEMENT FROM INDY FOP PRESIDENT ON OFFICERS SHOT 4/20/2023
"Today we are reminded once again, what is put to risk each time the women and men of law enforcement put on their badge and step forward to stand the line on behalf of the communities they serve.
We are collectively grateful that both of these officers are expected to recover from non-life threatening injuries.
Yet that is only part of the story...
Think of the courage it takes to boldly stand the line that separates good from evil at a time when:
* On average an Officer is shot in the line of duty every 25 hours in our nation
* On average an Officers dies in the line of duty every 52 hours
* Approximately 165 Officers are assaulted daily
* On average an Officer is exposed to a life altering tragic Critical Incident every other month
Often, our politicians in charge are quick to blame the instruments used and leverage political agendas such as talking about "Gun" violence.
Yet our residents and officers are left stuck in the middle of "human" violence often committed by repeat offenders with no value for the sanctity of life.
These are matters of the human heart and we must get back to basics in addressing it.
Therefore, we call on our community to pray for police and find ways to love your neighbor.
Solutions will come from neighbors loving neighbors, not from politicians trying to score political points."