Letter: Mayor, governor didn’t take charge

As a subscriber to IBJ for more than 20 years, I appreciated [Nate Feltman’s column “Crimes against innocent people, property cannot be tolerated,” published online May 31]. I experienced firsthand the [1992] LA riots in the aftermath of the police acquittals. I saw how small businesses were destroyed … many never rebuilt. I never thought I would [see] this twice in my lifetime.

I was terrified at the lack of response from our mayor and governor. How is the mayor silent for hours as the city is looted and burned? After Friday night’s chaos, how does the mayor not utilize every available resource to protect people and businesses?

Our state capital is being destroyed and the governor is MIA. Why did he not order the Indiana National Guard to mobilize and assist IPD Saturday night?

I pray for all of the people affected. I also pray we find competent leaders to elect in the near future. It’s painfully obvious the mayor and governor do not have common sense abilities to react immediately during a crisis. The citizens of Indianapolis and Indiana deserve so much better.

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Darren Hickey

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