INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug 26, 2015) -- One of the city’s most outspoken community leaders is pushing a controversial solution to cut down on crime following a wave of murders over the last week.
Rev. Charles Harrison, leader of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition says a stop and frisk policy would allow police to search anyone on the streets they find suspicious. Harrison sees it as a way to get guns out of the hands of criminals, but not everyone agrees.
“People are being shot and dying on the street every day,” said Harrison.
Harrison says he pitched the idea knowing it'll likely never become reality.
“We’ve got more people raising more concern about stop and frisk then they have ever said about people getting killed in the streets,” said Harrison.
This week, police chief Rick Hite organized a meeting to talk about solutions to the violence, but Hite does not support stop and frisk.
“We've been able to abandon that because we have real data about the neighborhoods where things are happening and use real tactics that doesn`t cause harm and alarm,” said Hite.
Harrison says something needs to be done to get guns out of the hands of criminals.
“The whole purpose of me bringing up stop and frisk is to bring out the conversation, but there's no conversation because people don't have no ideas,” said Harrison.
For their part, the friends and family of the most recent homicide victim Marshawn Frazier got together to hand out fliers in the neighborhood where he died.
Frazier’s family is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest.
The victim’s mom, for one, does not think stop and frisk will solve the violence.
She says it all starts with parents teaching kids right from wrong.
“Your family has to be in support of you. Family has to know what their kids are doing. You have to keep tabs on your kids. The police can’t stop this,” said the victim’s mother, Rena Frazier.
Mayor Ballad’s office has also indicated they don't support stop and frisk.