Criminal Justice

Mayor Wants Help, Governor Wants Answers First

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July 19, 2013 — Indiana’s governor says he wants more information about a City of Gary request for help involving police action.

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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