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Teenagers to notice additional restrictions and rules downtown

Beginning Saturday, teenagers will notice additional restrictions and rules downtown around Circle Centre Mall.

The Indianapolis Metro Police Department said these rules are in addition to tactics they already use in the area.
Chief of Police Rick Hite said the department and a number of other organizations are working together to stop the violence downtown. There will be a zero tolerance policy for bad behavior.

Saturday, there will be officers standing outside of the mall entrances with metal detecting wands. IMPD said a detective will use the wand, if they have reasonable suspicion someone may have a gun. In addition, there will be a handful of officers who will monitor and follow some of the buses on the east side, traveling downtown.  Those are some examples of a number of different strategies that will be implemented this weekend. It is unclear if any of these changes will be permanent.

Also, Chief Hite said Simon Property Group bought technology during the Super Bowl, which they will use for surveillance. Chief Hite would not give any additional details about the technology.

“We’re not going to allow anyone to inflict violence on our community and damage the good reputation of this city,” Hite said.

There have been three incidents over three weekends where there was some sort of violent situation. Teens will have to follow a number of rules, which have been designed to control the recent violence around the mall.

On Friday, faith leaders with the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition held a news conference. They suggested other ideas about stopping the violence. It included curfews, requiring underage teenagers to be accompanied by an adult and following the Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership.

“If we don’t do something about the crime (and) violence here at this mall, then this downtown area is going to look like some across the country,” Pastor Charles Harrison said.

Harrison said it is time to take steps to deal with gun violence throughout the city.

“We’re frustrated because again and again they keep calling the ministries to come down and fix this problem. Why not put things in place (to) resolve this problem?” Pastor Harrison said.

Pastor Harrison said parents need to take responsibility.

“These are your children and you cannot expect the city, the police, or the religious community to babysit your children. This is their responsibility,” Pastor Harrison said.

IMPD said every weekend they will reevaluate their plan to determine whether changes need to be made and to determine if previous plans worked.

Fox59 learned that the public housing authority is putting pressure on their resident to keep eye on kids.

John Campbell, who is the Circle Center Mall Manager, issued the following statement Friday:

“Circle Centre stands steadfast with all of our downtown neighbors and stakeholders on the paramount objective of keeping downtown pleasant. While we employ a professionally, well trained security staff and hire off-duty police officers who work hand-in-hand with our outstanding local law enforcement officials, we agree with Mayor Ballard who stated that parental/guardian responsibility is the key to curbing youth incidents.

“Circle Centre applauds the City for adopting a strong stance of ‘Zero Tolerance’ for any inappropriate behavior which has been a standard procedure when inside the property. Finally, we are proud both of Circle Centre’s integral role as a catalyst for downtown Indianapolis’s dynamic redevelopment and its over 17-year record of success as a thriving urban mall,” Campbell said.

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11 Comments to “Teenagers to notice additional restrictions and rules downtown”

    skitz said:
    February 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    i always took pride in the fact that 'downtown' indy was not a typical downtown. it was safe. it wasn't a 'downtown' to be afraid of like every other downtown i had experienced in my life. now it is 'iffy'…. and the fault is not that of Indianpolis it is the fault of the lack of parental guidance with the teenagers.

    henry joe billy bob said:
    February 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    its a shame that a cetain race of people with obvious no parental involvment or a lack of concern can ruin it for every1, its pretty simple act right or be permently bard from entering cicle center mall and if they still cant act right juvi,,jail or start fining the parents or lock them up we will see a change

      Mettaintheworld said:
      February 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      I know everyone is like "oh henry joe billy bob is a racist…but we all know….it's the truth…it's 90% of the time…the black kids. running wild, pants sagging, loud talking, stealing, fighting…get a grip on it because your youth are RUINING everything that the previous generations fought SO HARD to overcome..now, you are LETTING IT GO TO SH*T! Truth hurts.

    Guest said:
    February 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    The biggest problem in Indiana is there is hardly anything for teens to do, unless they have money. There use to be activities on the weekends, and under 21 clubs for these kids to go to, arcades that were affordable now days instead of a quarter to fifty cents your gonna pay $1 to $2 to play a game for 2 or 3 minutes in the arcades. The communities complain because these kids want things to do, and out of boredom some act out. But once again we will just infringe on more rights of the people, because after all they are just kids and don't have any rights. And the bad behavior of a few we will punish all.
    What needs to happen is more affordable activities for teens that help raise up the community and not tear it down. Instead it is cut this program or that program, or this activity or that. The sad part is it affects children of poverty the most, so then you get gang activities. When if we lift those kids out of poverty gang activity will lessen. Our society is messed up when we start caring about money more that about the well being of our communities.

      Travis said:
      February 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      And who is to pay for all these government programs hmmm?

        Travis said:
        February 2, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        How about tapping any one of the "BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR" athlete hero's, or one of the "great African rap stars" to fund some these programs??? Won't happen…Doesn't happen now, or in the future…

        baby said:
        February 2, 2013 at 3:36 AM

        probably should use the money you save by not needing a police state

        Guest said:
        February 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        lol yeah bro public parks are so freaking expensive

    The Donz said:
    February 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    This will work as well as gun control…

    Luke said:
    February 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Things have changed since i was a young man. When I was a teen I was able to ride the bus to the mall downtown to hangout with friends without any issues. Rarely was there ever a fight or any violence. Nothing is to expensive these days if you work hard enough. Parents need to step their game up when it comes to raising their kid(s) PROBLEM SOLVED!

    Mettaintheworld said:
    February 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Yes, can you please get your little brats under control….I'd like to go back down to the mall and spend some of the money that I go to work for everyday…as a small, white female, I certainly don't want to go down there alone anymore…

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