IMPD, Ten Point Coalition hold first-ever bike ride for peace

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Dozens of religious leaders, law enforcement officers and community members came together Saturday morning to ride for peace around Indianapolis' neighborhoods.

IMPD and the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition partnered to sponsor the first-ever, "Bicycle Ride for Peace," held at the James Whitcomb Riley School #43.

Organizers said the turnout was much better than they expected and credited this week's tragedies for bringing more members of the community together.

“Given the events that have happened over the last few days, it’s made something like this even more important as we realize and absorb the tragic events that have occurred," FBI Special Agent in Charge Jay Abbott, who attended the ride, said. "These are the opportunities where we humanize each other to our community as well as with law enforcement."

Matt Bassett, a cycling enthusiast who lives on the east side, was planning to attend a different bike ride Saturday, but changed his mind after the week's events.

“As a person who’s not a member of the African American community or a police officer," Bassett said. "(I wanted) to come out and show my support for both of those communities and to be able to show everyone is in this together and we all need to support each other.”

Organizer Reverend Charles Harrison said the event was such a success he's already working with Police Chief Troy Riggs to plan another ride on the city's east side this August. He hopes to schedule more rides around other parts of the city in the fall.

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