Indy mayor, gang members meet in closed-door meeting

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thursday, Reverend Charles Harrison with Ten Point Coalition facilitated a meeting with local gang members and Mayor Greg Ballard.

The meeting took place inside Barnes United Methodist Church and lasted a little over an hour and half. In the discussion, gang members gave insight on what is causing crime in the city.

According to Ten Point, the gang members were from various gangs on the east side.

There are plans underway to have another closed-door meeting with gang members.

Ten Point described the meeting as productive. Some gang leaders pointed to retaliation, petty disputes and lack of jobs as reasons for some of the violence in the city.

“The meeting went very very well, it was more honest than I thought it would be,” said Rev Charles Harrison. ” I didn’t think they would share their heart with the mayor.”

Harrison is planning a larger meeting to include other gang members in the city. Harrison’s goal is to get the gangs to seek peaceful resolutions. There is a plan to provide resources that will help the gang members get their GED.

Harrison added that it must be a two-way street, and that the gang members must encourage their members to put down the guns.

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