As hard as I would like to find it to believe but I am already hearing complaints about the number officers who will be working downtown this weekend during Indiana Black Expo. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, along with volunteers from the faith-based community, will be patrolling downtown to keep unsupervised young people from getting out of line. IMPD is getting back up assistance from State Police, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and Capitol Police. However, for some strange reason, or maybe not so strange, the professional race pimps, aka Baptist Ministers Alliance of Indianapolis took to the airwaves to complain about the police. They accused law enforcement and the city of hijacking Expo and using it as an excuse to equate blacks and crime.
Now I will be the first one to admit that IMPD has had its issues in the past, but to go after police and law enforcement because of the actions of some unruly children is asinine. Help me out with this one. I don’t think law enforcement was the one who shot several people last year and entered a plea agreement with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. I don’t think law enforcement was running around in the streets after curfew. And I definitely don’t think law enforcement was abdicating its responsibilities as parents.
If anything, law enforcement has my sympathy. Officers have had to give up their days off, cancel travel plans and the city has had to spend some untold amount of money because a bunch of people who couldn’t think to stop by Planned Parenthood or Walgreen’s on their way to or from the liquor store or the club decided to procreate and have the rest of us pick up their tab. Don’t get mad at the cops, get mad at the people who made all this possible by not doing their jobs as parents.