Neighbors hold safety walk through streets of Butler-Tarkington community

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 21, 2015)- Neighbors, police officers and community leaders hit the streets in the Butler-Tarkington area for a safety walk.

“We are walking the neighborhood. We care about our neighborhood and peace in our neighborhood,” said Gregory Wilson, who lives in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood.

Since late August, four people have been gunned down in the area. The latest murder was last week. A 19-year-old was killed in an alley, an area where the group on the safety walk felt like there should be street lights installed.

“This is part of the problem: you can tell there isn’t much lighting in this alley so people can be in the dark and selling drugs. The problem is someone could be waiting for you too, so that’s the danger of it too,” said Rev. Charles Harrison with Ten Point Coalition.

The group covered 16 blocks in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. They found at least 14 street lights not working and 22 abandoned homes that needed attention.

“This is something we need to do and keep the momentum going,” said Ted Feeney, president of the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association.

Since the spike in crime, IMPD officers have spent nearly 650 hours of overtime patrolling the area.

“Somebody’s got to do something. You cannot sit in the back and peep out the window and think well they’ll do it. No, we need more than that,” said Marva  Buckner, who lives in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood.

Next Monday, there will be another neighborhood meeting at the MLK Center at 6:30 p.m. This will be the third week in a row there has been a neighborhood meeting focused on safety.