INDIANAPOLIS, Ind—Members of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition are looking to expand their efforts next year in a new part of town, by working with other neighborhood coalitions.
Thursday night, members of Ten Point along with representatives from the Far East Side Coalition surveyed the streets, targeting the area near 42nd Street and Post Road. Members say that’s where they have seen too many gun-related crimes just this year.
“They killing babies, they killing uncles, daddies, aunties, nieces, all that. Like we just need to stop the violence out here,” said east side resident Timothy Bean.
Bean, who was paralyzed after someone shot him in the back at 16 years old, says he’s optimistic about the kids' lives who could be touched by the two coalitions, from opposite sides of town, collaborating.
Already Ten Point has done the same, working with groups in Muncie, Kokomo and Gary.
But some people in the area told us they don’t know if Ten Point’s model will be successful on the Far East Side, pointing out increased police patrols haven’t stopped the killings.
Community leaders though, say they have to try something to attack the city’s rising murder rate.
The coalition plans to work with existing groups to find "O.G.'s", people who used to be wrapped up in gangs, who have chosen a different lifestyle. That's a central part of the Ten Point mission to reach kids and teens struggling to make the right choices, before they end up in jail or dead.
“It’s one of the best ways. It’s not the only way, but this initiative street outreach work has proven to work when you have people out walking and talking to people and helping to de-escalate these kinds of things,’ said Far East Side Coalition president James Jackson.
Ten Point will be giving $50,000 dollars from its $500,000 Attorney General’s office grant to fund the far east side expansion. They plan to have the organization working in the area sometime early next year.
This all comes as Indianapolis inches closer to matching a record of criminal homicides in 2017.
So far, Indianapolis has seen 148 criminal homicides just this year. That is one shy of last year's record-breaking 149 criminal homicides.
This would mark the third year in a row Indianapolis has broken its homicide record.