Indianapolis broke its annual homicide record again, with 218 felony homicides reported as of Monday afternoon.
In 2020, a total of 214 criminal homicides were reported.
Reverend Charles Harrison, a board member for the city’s Ten Point Coalition, said the numbers were frightening.
âTen years ago, I never thought we would ever reach this level of violence in the city. It’s just amazing, âhe said.
The majority of criminal homicides reported so far this year are classified as unsolved, meaning no arrests have been made. Harrison said he found this concerning and believed witnesses might be afraid to come forward.
âWe still have a lot of killers on the streets,â he said.
Harrison added that crime had spread throughout the city and said he believed resources and funding were not being put in the right places to reduce the homicide rate.
A record $ 295 million was allocated to the Metropolitan Indianapolis Police Department in the recently approved 2022 municipal budget. Funding includes money for new technology and more agents for community patrols.
Thanks to the US bailout, the city also allocated grants to community organizations to reduce and prevent crime.