By: Liz Gelardi, Reporter
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There is a marquee above a Broad Ripple business that reads “Stop the Violence.” Business and community leaders are taking action to make everyone feel safe after seven people were shot 4th of July weekend.
“We’re an entertainment destination and people need to feel like they can come here and be very welcome and be very safe,” said Justin McKeand, President of the Broad Ripple Village Association.
There has been an increased police presence ever since the shooting. Police have also closed down Broad Ripple Avenue on the weekend nights. Temporary security cameras were in place for a brief time but have since been removed.
The Broad Ripple Village Association is working on a more permanent effort. The association hopes to raise $10,000 to enhance public safety through a crowdfunding website. Several businesses have already pledged to match contributions up to $4,000. The funds will be used to carry out a four-pronged plan:
- Hire private security to shutdown Broad Ripple Avenue between midnight and 4 a.m.
- Improve lighting
- Remove graffiti and perform other maintence
- Install permanent surveillance cameras
The Vogue is holding an event Friday night to benefit the Indy Public Safety Foundation. According to The Vogue, IMPD officers with the North District will hold roll call in front of the venue.
“That’s exactly what we want to see engaged business owners working towards a common goal which is making people feel safe in Broad Ripple,” said McKeand.
This weekend IMPD will have extra officers in the area to control crowds. The mounted unit will also be out patrolling. Police said they might close Broad Ripple Avenue to monitor it better.