City, community leaders to discuss safety plan ahead of Black Expo event

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The 43rd Annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration kicks off Thursday, and before the celebration begins, city and community leaders say a safety plan needs to be put in place.

In the wake of recent violence downtown, Rev. Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition said he fears retaliation violence could be a major problem during this year’s event.

The IBE president and CEO, along with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite will hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss a safety plan, downtown traffic and street closings as well as new elements happening this year.

In the past week, police have investigated five homicides. Two additional shootings occurred Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities continue to investigate and are looking for possible connections between the incidents.