INDY FOP STATEMENT ON WEEKEND VIOLENCE 5/8/23
This past weekend, Indianapolis experienced one of the most violent weekends (so far this year).
Our capital city suffered at least 11 people shot, 5 people stabbed with 5 people killed (FRI-SUN).
That's a person shot or stabbed every 4.5 hours and person killed every 14 hours (on average).
Unfortunately, none of our community partners foresee this violent pace slowing through the summer.
From Castleton Mall, to Broad Ripple, to the Fountain Square/Garfield Park neighborhoods and to points in between and beyond: people were shot, stabbed, and killed.
Indy is in Crisis.
For years now, our police professionals have raised red flags about this surging violence.
Politicians in Charge shrugged it off.
Something or someone must change.
Our city must start holding violent offenders accountable, by first closing the revolving door of criminal justice.
Residents and Police Officers are stuck in the middle of this violence, yet we do not see our mayor, councilors, prosecutor, judges, or so-called violence interrupters on these scenes.
Instead we see grieving mothers, families shattered and lives destroyed.
Where are our Elected and Appointed leaders??
Journalists must begin to consistently ask the tough questions of the City and County Officials on behalf of the people.
Evil flourishes when good women and men do nothing.
Indy Can't Wait.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."
INDY FOP DOES NOT BELIEVE FACTS SUPPORT CRIMINAL CHARGES...FOP CALLS FOR CHANGE IN RESPONSE PROTOCOLS
FOP President Calls on Chief to Cease Police Responses to Mental Health
Calls for Service - Calls on EMS and 'Peacekeepers' to be Used after Police
"Yesterday, 4/13/2023, we learned of the public announcement of charges against (2) two IMPD Officers following the death of Herman Whitfield III.
First and foremost, any death is a tragedy and our prayers go out to the Whitfield family.
While this tragic outcome rightly requires diligent review, we do not believe the facts of this incident support criminal charges against the responding officers.
These IMPD Officers were dispatched and sent to this residence following the call for assistance from family members.
The person involved was a large 39-year-old male behaving unpredictably.
The officers proactively requested emergency medical services while the officers attempted to deescalate and secure the situation with trained procedures and an electronic control device so that medical care could safely be provided.
We look forward to learning exactly what information was known to the officers at the time, what information was provided to 911 dispatchers by the caller(s), including what was relayed to officers.
Additionally, we welcome a complete review of what information was provided to the Grand Jury by the Marion County Prosecutor (and just as importantly what information was not provided by the Prosecutor).
Now that charges have been filed, we will defer to the Justice process as relates to the specifics of this matter.
However, given the nature of the lengthy review process and the facts surrounding this outcome, we call upon the IMPD Chief of Police to take the following steps:
* Immediately Order that all calls for assistance with anyone suffering a mental health crisis (including self-harm) be referred to Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) and Fire services (IFD) for an immediate medical response;
* Immediately cease any law enforcement response for mental health runs, mental health disturbances, mental health crisis or mental health delirium unless a known crime or articulated threat of a crime has taken place.
Significantly, none of these changes require a change in funding, but do require a change to response protocols and dispatch procedures.
Upon arrival, Emergency Medical Services can always request assistance once they become aware of a crime that has occurred or are criminally threatened with injury or violence from the patient.
As an additional interim step: any concerns regarding non-peaceful incidents should be directed to the Indianapolis Peacekeepers through the Office of Public Health and Safety.
When any crime or threatened crime occurs toward these Peacekeepers, a call for assistance from Police Personnel should be sought.
Finally, if any law enforcement officers are sent to assist IEMS and/or Peacekeepers on a Mental Health incident, and although officers are trained on approved procedures, a police supervisor should be dispatched and sent to assess the scene and provide any additional direction for officers in real-time.
We believe these proactive steps can mitigate the exposure of potential injuries to any persons involved as well as mitigate criminal and civil liability to officers, the city and the tax payers of Indianapolis.
This will also allow for a community-based approach to the ongoing and surging mental health crisis faced by our capital city.
Again, we call upon the IMPD Chief of Police to take these actions immediately."
STATEMENT FROM INDY FOP PRESIDENT ON LATEST VIOLENCE3/8/23
Last night (3/7/2023) Another Person was shot and killed, this time outside of Howe High School.
While the investigation continues, this incident is in a long line of surging violence that is spreading throughout Indianapolis.In just the past five (5) days, nearly twenty (20) people have been shot and homicides have been reported in Irvington, Downtown outside of Lucas Oil Stadium with an alleged offender running into the Convention Center, and now outside of Howe High School.While politicians talk about “Gun Violence” they are lax to discuss “Criminal Violence” and provide data on outcomes related to crimes involving the use of firearms.This week, the Washington DC Police Chief called for the need to “keep bad guys with guns in jail, because when they’re in jail, they can’t be in the community shooting people.”The FOP calls on Indianapolis political leaders (Mayor, Council, Prosecutor) to state whether they agree with the DC Chief of Police or not and why or why not.Additionally, we call on the Indianapolis Chief of Police to do the same.Time is short as Violence surges.Residents and Officers are stuck in the middle of this violence and they deserve to know where their elected and appointed leaders stand on this issue.RECENT RADIO INTERVIEW(recorded 3/1/23)Indy FOP talks with WIBC about ripple effects of the outer of Chicago's Mayor as a result of Public Safety Priorities.FOP calls on Indy Mayor to start calling out Soft on Crime Prosecutions that embolden Repeat Violent Offenders
MESSAGE TO THE MEMBERSHIP OF INDIANAPOLIS FOP 2/13/23
We are aware of media reports of the IMPD Chief’s statement regarding a Settlement by the City announced 2/10/23.
Our FOP had looked forward to this case going to trial and we were confident that a jury would have concurred that Officer Mercer acted appropriately.
As one media report noted in his published statement: “Chief Randal Taylor also said he believes Officer De’Joure Mercer ‘was lawfully defending himself’ during the fatal encounter.”
Also as noted by the Chief, both the internal investigation and the Grand Jury investigation exonerated Officer Mercer.
Although we are mindful of the city’s need to assess the inherent risks of jury verdicts, some cases just need to go to trial to obtain a judgment that acknowledges the risks to the life of an Officer.
We believe the decision to settle in this particular case sets an impractical precedent for police officers, the IMPD, the City of Indianapolis, and ultimately taxpayers.
No one should profit from threatening the safety of the public and endangering the lives of Officers.
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STATEMENT FROM INDY FOP ON PROSECUTOR
ELECTION RESULTS 11/9/2022
"Our collective membership respects the voice of the voters of Marion County.
They have spoken and now we will see the outcomes moving forward.
Our rank and file officers and their families have made clear what we see over the horizon.
200+ Homicides annually have become the norm in Indianapolis and violence continues to spread to the surrounding communities as the result of a Revolving Door of Criminal Justice.
Unfortunately, we do not see many improvements without a change in direction to close the door on repeat violent offenders.
Your Officers are going nowhere and will continue to stand the line in the protection of residents and visitors in the neighborhoods we serve.
We will continue to provide voice for the victims.
We pray our system will provide accountability for offenders and justice for the familes.
May God be with our Capital City."Stay Tuned to the End for Additional Information
INDY POLICE TO HOLD A CONFIDENCE VOTEINDIANAPOLIS – THURSDAY 08/04/2022, the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #86 announced tonight the FOP membership has directed a Vote of Confidence be convened regarding the Marion County Prosecutor and the Marion County Court System.This move comes on the heels of the murder of a Central Indiana police officer. The suspect arrested has a lengthy criminal history as a habitual serious violent offender who had been previously convicted of shooting at police in Indianapolis, but was released following a lenient modified sentence from a Marion County Judge.
This vote also follows several other incidents of failures to act by the Marion County Prosecutor in which several officers and civilians have been critically injured or killed.Examples include an IMPD Officer who was shot in the throat allegedly by a serious violent offender who was released back onto the streets in violation of his parole and is alleged to have subsequently shot the officer. Additionally, thirteen (13) people shot with eight (8) civilians killed in the FedEx massacre in which it was later found the Prosecutor did not previously submit a filing on the murderer to the courts under the Officer Jake Laird Red Flag law.Indy FOP President, Rick Snyder, shared that rank-and-file members unanimously directed the FOP Executive Board to hold the vote during the month of August. It is anticipated the vote will take place by mid-month.The FOP membership is made up of officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Beech Grove, Speedway, Cumberland, Airport, Southport, IUPUI, University of Indianapolis, Butler, IPS and Township School Police and several other local departments and law enforcement agencies.FACTS MATTER: Indy FOP is shining the light on the failure in Marion County about prior case of shots fired at police (Watch Above)
Indianapolis FOP Statement on Coroner Report
Today, 7/20/22, public statements regarding the death of Mr. Herman Whitfield III reportedly indicate that the Marion County Coroner listed the manner of death as "homicide", occurring "in the setting of a law enforcement subdual."
First and foremost, the outcome of this incident is a tragedy for all involved and we extend condolences to the family of Mr. Whitfield.
We also recognize the emotional trauma for the officers involved who were called to the scene to intervene and assist during this matter.
We await a full and fair review of the facts surrounding this evolving investigation based on the facts known by those involved at the time of the incident, including the officers on the scene.
Meanwhile, it is important to remember a determination of homicide does not mean the actions of the officers were criminal in nature.
In fact, of the five legal manner of death options available to the coroner, it is often the term chosen to describe a death occurring in a struggle with another.
To date, there is no allegation of criminal culpability and it's apparent several contributing factors were involved. Yet the outcome remains tragic nonetheless.
Our professional police officers remain focused on providing service and protection for all in Indianapolis as this matter remains under review.
Indy FOP Endorses Cyndi Carrasco for Prosecutor 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
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Indiana’s Capital City is still Outpacing Chicago in Homicides per capita, Violence is Spreading + Repeat Violent Offenders out Revolving Door
All while 37,000+ Cases still Await Trial
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INDY FOP STATEMENT ON LOW BOND RELEASE OF SUSPECT IN ATTEMPTED COP KILLING
August 9, 2021
Our Police Officers and their families are horrified to learn of the details regarding the inexplicable (98%) reduction in bond and subsequent release of another suspected violent offender.
Last week, our FOP held a press conference calling for Local and State Action regarding the pattern of bond reductions and releases of other suspected violent offenders who were subsequently arrested for crimes of murder.
We have now learned the Marion Courts were in the process (during the press conference) of lowering the bond of a separate suspect who had been arrested and charged with Attempt Murder of a Police Officer in June.
As a result, another suspected violent offender has been put back on the streets of Indy’s neighborhoods as the Revolving Door of Criminal Justice continues to spin in Marion County.
We call upon the Marion County Prosecutor to immediately share any objections they made on the record with the Court regarding this hearing and to outline the steps they took to notify the IMPD Chief’s Office and the involved officers of this decision by the Court.
We will have much more to say in the coming days. INDY Deserves Better!
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FOP Calls on Council to Amend Proposal to Fund Immediate Steps to Interrupt Violence
40 days ago, Mayor Hogsett announced a plan to sprinkle millions of dollars into various groups and individuals as part of a Summer Violence 'Reduction' Proposal.
Our Indy FOP warned back then that many more would be shot, stabbed, and killed while waiting on the Indy Council to act.
Unfortunately, this has proven true. Since the Proposal: 189 more people have been shot or stabbed with 33 losing their lives.
That's a person shot or stabbed every 5 hours and a person killed every 30 hours while elected officials sat on their hands.
This once again shows:
Delays + Distractions = No Plan
As Indy is in 2/3 of the way through summer, the Mayor's administration has admitted their Summer Spending (if passed tonight) won't take effect until Winter at the end of this year.
Victims Deserve Better.
Therefore, we call on the Council to Amend the Proposal and immediately move on the 4 solutions Proposed by Policing Professionals:
1. Purchase and deploy a gunshot detection system;
2. Purchase and deploy movile and static license plate readers;
3. Staff the arrestee processing center 24 hours a day, particularly during the summer months;
4. Cease automatic low bonds for repeat convicted folons for all-new Level 6 felonies charged.
These 4 Actions provide technology to immediately interrupt this Crisis and help close the Revolving Door to Repeat Violent Offenders in Marion County.
Indy Can't Wait!
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"No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today's police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the F.O.P."
With regards to threats against officers, several media outlets have reported on the situation.
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