INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) are calling on local and state officials to take emergency action in the wake of surging violence that has continued to rock the city as homicide numbers climb past 160.
During a press conference Wednesday, FOP President Rick Snyder called on officials to review and take corrective action in regard to court supervised release and GPS monitoring. This demand comes off the heels of two recent homicides in which the accused perpetrators were both suspects who were on court ordered GPS monitoring at the time of their arrest.
“These tragic deaths remind us of the sanctity of life,” Snyder said in regards to the victims of those two recent homicides.
Snyder offered the thoughts and prayers of police throughout Indianapolis to the grieving family members.
“We don’t just say that, it’s not superficial or casual. We mean it,” Snyder said. “Many (officers) stop and pray on bended knee and we’ll continue to do so.”
Snyder called the criminal justice system in Marion County a “revolving door,” claiming repeat offenders are put back out on the street due to “sweatheart plea deals”, third party bond assistance and court ordered GPS monitoring.
“This is destroying the trust and respect not just for the justice system but police on the frontlines,” Snyder said, claiming this lack of faith in the justice system is why many victims of violent crime won’t speak to police investigators fearing the suspect will be released from jail and seek revenge.
The FOP stated they are exploring parameters for a review by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General into the practices of “for-profit” and “not-for-profit” entities involved in the management, supervision and funding of pre-trail, post-conviction and bond reductions and payments.
This includes calling on a review into third parties involved in court ordered GPS monitoring.
Snyder said previous proposals and plans presented by the FOP to local officials in regard to public safety and crime prevention have been “rejected at every step.”
Snyder said the FOP is approaching the point of calling on state intervention and asked the governor to understand and be on standby in case he is called upon to send emergency resources to Indianapolis.
“If city police can’t keep up — not because they’re not capable but because their hands are tied behind their backs — … we’re going to have to have help from somebody else,” Snyder said.
Previously in June, the Indy FOP declared Indianapolis a “city and crisis” and declared the city on a record shattering pace for homicides in a year.
Indianapolis set a homicide record in 2020 with 245 homicides.
“Officers are spent,” Snyder said, citing officer burn out, understaffing and millions of dollars spent in overtime.