IN Focus: Beech Grove mayor on crime, Wal-Mart fight

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BEECH GROVE, Ind. (June 14, 2015) - The viral video showing a fight between two women at the Beech Grove Walmart has now turned into a political fight of sorts too.

Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley called the situation “embarrassing” and pointed the blame at Walmart not long after the video made news nationwide.

“I think it’s disgusting and it sure sheds a poor light on Walmart and I’m pretty disappointed in them,” said Buckley.

The mayor said the store is a public nuisance that’s draining the city’s resources. But this week a series of other crimes also made news in Beech Grove, including a deadly chase that started with a shoplifting incident at the store, and a standoff at the Motel 6.

Problems with crime also led Buckley's opponent in this year's election to organize a crime watching meeting last week.

"There's not enough being done," said candidate Edward McDonald. "You have to be tough on crime. That's what you have to do."

We asked the mayor if there was a problem with crime in his city.

"No I don't believe that at all," said Mayor Buckley. "Our part one crimes have remained consistent... We have crime in our city, but we're no different than anyone else."