GARY, Ind. (AP) - The mayor of Gary has made a second appeal to Gov. Mike
Pence asking for Indiana State Police help in patrolling the streets of the
gritty northwestern Indiana city for three months.
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson also provided details of a long-term plan to
address violence in the city that Pence had asked for before considering her
request, the Post-Tribune reported Thursday .
Since her initial letter to Pence on July 11, “several more homicides
occurred claiming the lives of young African-American males. The situation
in our community is now beyond urgent,” Freeman-Wilson, a former Indiana
attorney general, wrote in her letter earlier this week.
The city’s 31 homicides so far this year represent an increase of more than
50 percent over the same period in 2012, Freeman-Wilson told Pence
Pence’s staff is reviewing the request, spokeswoman Kara Brooks said.
Freeman-Wilson also sent Pence a five-page plan called “Gary, Indiana for
Life” that includes many operations and programs long in place in the city.
Freeman-Wilson wrote U.S. Justice Department officials will visit the city
in early August and target two neighborhoods “in accessing and coordinating
federal, state and local resources.” She also mentions an anti-violence task
force she created in March.
State troopers spent three months patrolling in Gary in the fall and winter
of 1995, when the city set a record 132 homicides for the year. Troopers
during the three-month loan conducted checkpoints and numerous traffic stops
during their stay, increasing law enforcement visibility, particularly on