INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 9, 2016) – Over 60 homicides are still unsolved in Indianapolis and the call for justice is getting stronger. Families and friends of homicide victims tell Fox 59 they are disappointed and confused.
Recent pleas from police, calling on families to give information on crimes is now causing more of a breakdown in communication. Families and friends say they say are talking to police and telling them everything they know, but still police say they aren’t hearing from families.
When families see some crimes getting more attention over others it’s troubling. It also leads to a breakdown in community relations. Community leaders like Rev. Charles Harrison say it’s time to talk about this disconnect. “When family members say we’re telling police what we know and what we’re hearing and then the police say that family members aren’t talking then that becomes a problem.”
One father says, “It sends a message to our community that these are black kids killing black kids. Don’t even worry about it…. And that’s not fair because they’re human and all kids are not bad kids. You can’t just throw kids away.”
Families know detectives are stretched thin and cases are piling up, they say they hope the progress in communication and relationship building former chief Rick Hite made in the community before he moved on continues. Fox 59 decided to get the conversation started.
Now, Fox 59 is taking the information on suspects these families and friends gave us and we’re handing it to the police chief. Fanchon Stinger also set up a meeting between police chief Troy Riggs and several families to address the feelings they are talking about publically for the first time. It’s an open and honest conversation that’s long overdue. What happened in that meeting is transformational and a big step everyone hopes is in the right direction.