Criminal Justice

Gary Anti-violence Task Force Meeting Set For August 1

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July 24, 2013 — The next meeting of Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson’s Anti-violence Task Force is now set for Thursday, August 1, 2013.

Gary’s murder count is at least 30 so far in 2013.

The meeting will follow an exchange between Freeman-Wilson and Indiana Governor Mike Pence. The Mayor formally asked the Governor for state police support to address gun violence in particular in Gary. He said he wants more information about the City of Gary’s request before making his decision.

Governor Mike Pence says he wants Gary officials to craft a permanent plan for dealing with violence before deciding whether to grant Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson’s request for state police support.

Pence has asked Freeman-Wilson for details about how the assistance fits the City’s “longer-term plans for self-sufficiency,” particularly considering Lake County in May adopted a 1.5% local option income tax.

Freeman-Wilson sent Pence a request this month asking state police to help Gary officers in a major show of force to restore order to Gary’s streets.


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