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The Revolution Has Been Gentrified

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Normally when I write my annual post about the Second Saturday night of Indiana Black Expo, it’s about the interaction between law enforcement and the youth in downtown Indy.  Not this year.  As in the past four years, the kids and cops were fine.  There were a couple of minor issues, but no more or […]

Get Your Facts, First and Straight

Friday, June 30th, 2017

You all know by now when it comes to crime,  I have minimal sympathy for people who break the law, and bad things happen to them in the process. With that said, my legal and journalistic training mandate getting the facts first before making a judgment call.  You can do some informed speculation based on […]

Saturday Night, Special

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

For the last eight years it’s been a tradition of mine to work as a bouncer at Nicky Blaine’s on the second Saturday night of Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration. I did it back I 2006 when the owner, as well as other downtown businesses, would tell me stories of teenagers running the streets and […]

How Many More Cops?

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

As we have the discussion in Indianapolis about how many more police officers are needed, here’s a copy of  a pre-merger consolidation study (August 2005) that said the city’s 1,5222 officers was adequate, today we have 1,580.   While there appears to be a consensus that more officers are needed, the question is how many? Consolidation […]

Mr. Saturday Night

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

It’s that time of year again.   It’s the second Saturday night of Indiana Black Expo and I’m getting ready to head downtown in a bit to work the door at Nicky Blaine’s.  I’m expecting it to be pretty violence free. IMPD has done a pretty good job of warning the trouble makers to stay away.  […]

Death By the Numbers

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

As we get ready to close down the year, there has been a lot of talk about Indianapolis’ homicide rate and what exactly is that number?   Well, like most things, the number you get depends on who you ask? The number a lot of people like to cite is 117.  That number comes from the […]

Dear Men and Women of IMPD

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Are you a good cop?  Are one of the 90-plus percent of the men and women of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department who do their jobs everyday with no issues?  Are you the officer who used his body as a human shield when the gunfire started this past summer during Expo weekend?    Are you the […]

The Bisard Crash

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

A report by the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety on the David Bisard crash that killed a motorcyclist this summer and injured two others shows a breakdown in police rules and  procedure but no conspiracy or intentional cover-up. The 47-page document is based on interviews with nearly 70 witnesses from all stages in the incident; […]

Indianapolis’ Finest

Friday, August 27th, 2010

As someone who spends a lot of time in downtown Indianapolis, there’s nothing more disturbing and frightening than listening to a report about someone on the roof of a parking garage firing shots. Luckily, no one on the street was injured.  Unfortunately the entire incident was the end result of a murder-suicide.  However, one thing […]

IMPD Policies and Procedures

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

With recent problems plaguing the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the City-County is stepping into fray.  Council President Ryan Vaughn and Public Safety Committee Chairman Ben Hunter are offering up a proposal they say will bring changes to the department that are 20 years in the making. The Councilors say their law enforcement integrity professional proposal […]