North side neighborhood fights back against crime

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 12, 2015)- Neighbors in a north side community are fighting back against crime. Monday night, violence was the focus of the monthly Butler-Tarkington neighborhood meeting.

“People are very fed up,” said Ted Feeney, president of the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood association.

Since late summer there have been seven homicides on the north side, one was a 10-year-old boy.

Deshaun Swanson was killed in a drive-by shooting. No arrests have been made.

“I don’t think you have a choice but to think about it. Especially if you have small children because it could’ve been any one of our kids,” said Shawanna Stuckey, who lives on the north side.

In the last month IMPD reports there have been 50 crimes in the area, which they call average. The alarming part of the 50 reported crimes is that 20 percent are personal offenses.

“It seems there is no fear of authority, no fear of law enforcement, no fear of anyone,” said Tecla Winfrey, a concerned citizen.

Rev. Charles Harrison was also invited to speak at the neighborhood association’s meeting. He encouraged residents to get involved and to fight crime as a community.

“I just think everyone needs to come together and figure out what’s the root cause a lot of the violence that’s going on. It is a result of kids and teens, so they are crying out for something,” said Stuckey.

IMPD reminded homeowners to call 911 anytime they see anything suspicious. More than 50 percent of incidents in the city go unreported.

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