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City to barricade Broad Ripple street to help curb violence

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Indianapolis officials will close a two-block portion of Broad Ripple Avenue to motor vehicles on Friday and Saturday nights for the rest of the summer to reduce violence in the business and entertainment district.

Indianapolis police Lt. Chris Bailey says the midnight-4 a.m. closure between College and Guilford avenues could begin as soon as this weekend. Seven people were injured by gunfire there early on July 5, the result of a skirmish between two gun-toting pedestrians.

Only emergency vehicles and taxis would be allowed past blockades on the street. Officials say pedestrians won't be allowed to stand on the roadway, only to cross it. At this point, police anticipate erecting the barriers only through the summer, according to IBJ news-gathering partner Fox59.

Broad Ripple Village Association President Justin McKeand says the new policy should reduce the number of drivers who cruise the avenue. He says drivers sometimes park their cars simply to talk with people outside bars without going inside.

City-County Council Vice President John Barth said that the street closure was a good first step, but that more action was needed. That could include more active investigation of problem bars in the area.

Authorities also have installed cameras in the area to better monitor crowds.

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  • RE: Average Joe
    Instead of using the code words, why not just come out and say "blacks" when that is what you are trying to describe? There, I can say it. When you say "dreads," "neck tattoos," etc, you are describing black youth 'gang-bangers' aren't you? Interestingly, there are multitudes of whites and Hispanics that emulate the same low-life lifestyle, so in your words "profiling" would make dreadlocks a matter of racial targeting, not a cool policy. Either stop everyone or no-one, or shut down the whole enterprise over there. You should stick to Carmel if the diversity is not to your liking.
  • The Responsible Management Of Traffic, That's The Answer.
    The second amendment calls for responsible traffic control within the context of a regulated militia, so blocking traffic will go a long way toward stemming the gun violence in Broad Ripple. Why didn't they think of this in Newtown and Columbine and Virginia Tech! Darn, we could have save so many people so much heartache with our traffic control reforms. And even the NRA couldn't complain!
  • Blocking does't Block
    Blocking two blocks of a street along Broadripple Ave. is not going to stop "pedestrians" from walking around. The article stated that seven people were injured as a result of a skirmish between two gun-toting "pedestrians"...not drive-bys. Most of the crimes that are committed in BR area are done by "pedestrians" that are walking in the area...not driving by. This may alleviate traffic going through the area and may steer some folks away from coming to the area because of the extra inconvenience but it will not stop a pedestrian, on foot from toting a gun while walking in that area....period.
  • Broad Ripple
    Hopefully these changes are made in time for black expo. Its going to be a scary week here in Indy.
  • The city's biggest tourist destination?
    Sorry Ricky Ricardo, it is most definitely not Broad Ripple, despite its allure.
  • BRipple
    Broad Ripple is done! Look at the abandoned store fronts and empty spaces. I was there on a Sunday night when a concert got out at the vogue. Broad Ripple was packed and apparently not one bar was staffed properly and no police presence was felt. I saw many suspect people (dreads, angry faces, attitudes, neck tattoo's) strolling around with no real destination in mind and just waiting for someone to "bump" into them. On top of that, there were a few strung out homeless folks (trust me, their substance of choice looked more like hardcore stuff vs. weed). This is not the same Broad Ripple of past. Until the police start profiling and beginning a strict stop and frisk policy like NYC for that element, BR and the rest of Indianapolis will go to hell. It's sad what Indy has become. Ballard should not be given any more time in office!!!
    • Brip
      We were just talking about this :)
    • same ole
      Well living in BR and seeing this happen time and again either in BR or on Monon We will see the police now all over the place I saw 2 pair riding their bikes at the high crime time of 1PM when we all know things are at a tempest there. Anyway we will see them in mass for a few weeks then it will trickle make to the same ole same ole until yet something else happened then press repeat What about a Plan that they can replicate I like closing BR Ave PERMANATLY !
    • sjudge
      Hey smudge, You're opposed to arresting people for minor crimes? Sounds great! We should only focus on murders and such, right? Let's stand around and wait until someone shoots someone before we act. Whatever we do, we should never question anyone, frisk anyone, or arrest anyone unless they are actively engaged in shooting or stabbing. Very sound!
    • yup
      why wait till a crime is committed - just start arresting people...
      • RE: Ricky Ricardo
        Ricky Ricardo, your comments are spot on. There are currently tons of cops in Broad Ripple on the weekends, but all they do is stand around talking with each other. It would be nice if they would actually PATROL the area instead of socializing.
      • Policing more important than street closure
        The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

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