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WATCH: Hogsett, IMPD Chief Taylor discuss 2020 increase in homicides

Posted at 5:07 PM, Oct 13, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett discussed Tuesday the city’s rise homicide numbers, saying help is on the way.

This year, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has investigated 187 total homicides, already surpassing last year’s total.

Hogsett said it’s why the City-County Council passed investments to reduce violent crime at Monday’s meeting.

Next year, the city will increase funding for group violence intervention by more than $100,000. The effort brings together law enforcement, service providers and community members to confront those at risk of committing or falling victim to violent crime.

Hogsett also said the increasing number of homicides isn’t just a problem in Indianapolis, but nationwide.

Cities all across the country, such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Denver, Boston and Atlanta are also experiencing increases in their homicides from 2019, according to national crime analyst Jeff Asher.

Watch the full press conference below: