INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thursday morning, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite released his safety plan for 4th of July celebrations downtown.
Chief Hite held a news conference to release those plans. He asked the community for one big favor – for the public to leave the fireworks at home when coming downtown on Friday.
More than 100 officers will have a visible presence in downtown Indianapolis this weekend.
Hite’s announcement comes a year after Monquize Edwards was shot and killed downtown shortly after July 4 celebrations. Police later arrested Eron Bonner for his murder.
Because of that, Hite added officers will confront any horse play downtown.
“Innocent horseplay can lend to violence. We’ve seen that happen in various parts of our community,” Hite said. “We’re just sending a message and reminding young people that you’re welcome to have a good time, but we can’t afford to have it because it’s such a tight area that we’re in.”
Hite added he will patrol the streets with officers as well this weekend. Many officers are on mandatory work schedules.