INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Broad Ripple community continues to plead for peace.
Friday night. The Vogue held an event to support public safety and bring awareness to the issues in the neighborhood. The message is lit up in the marquee, ‘Stop the Violence.’
“I never really thought it was that much of an issue until recently. Obviously a lot of stuffs happened in the last few weeks,” Ethan Chin said.
At a muscular 250 pounds, he isn’t the typical crime victim.
“It shocked me. I never thought it would be an issue,” Chin said.
But just two weeks ago, that all changed during this three-minute walk home on the Monon Trail.
“A guy had a gun in my face. He told me to give him all my money, so I just threw it to him,” Chin said.
Chin says he was beat up and mugged by three men. Its crimes like that Michael Martin, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer, tries to prevent every day.
“It’s not just one certain area, Broad Ripple is blocks long and blocks wide, so it’s challenging for us, but it’s been something we’ve been able to handle over the years,” Martin said.
Martin has patrolled Broad Ripple for nearly 14 years with IMPD, but he says the recent support from the community and businesses like The Vogue is making a big difference.
“With the shooting here and then Officer [Perry] Renn who was shot the following night, just with the morale, it means a lot to see that the businesses support what we do,” Martin said.
And it’s for that reason that both Martin and Chin showed up to the Stop the Violence benefit.
“Times have changed where keeping quiet is not an option anymore, we need you to speak up. We need your eyes and we need your ears, so all that help is very much appreciated,” Martin said.
“Probably never would have came, but now that I’m actually a part of it, feels like I need to,” Chin said.
Martin and his comrades also held their roll call for the night below the marquee. As they hit the streets for their shift, those at the benefit applauded for the officers.
All of the money raised at the benefit will go straight to the Indy Public Safety Foundation. Those with that organization say they will use the money to fund youth and re-entry programs.
For information on the Indy Public Safety Foundation click here.