IMPD to Mount Portable Lights Downtown, Warn Gang Members to Ensure Safety at Black Expo

John Tuohy and Brian Wilson, Indy Star, July 10, 2013

Indianapolis police officials said Wednesday that they plan to mount portable lights Downtown and send personal warnings to gang members to ensure safety at the height of the upcoming Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration.

The security measures, among others, are similar to those that proved effective in other big Downtown events, officials said, including Expo during the past two years and Super Bowl week in 2012.

IMPD and Homeland Security officials discussed the plans in interviews earlier Wednesday, in the wake of a violent week in Indianapolis that left five people dead, one of them in a shooting after the July 4 fireworks as thousands gathered Downtown. Officials of IMPD and Indiana Black Expo also discussed the plans during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

This year’s Summer Celebration will kick off at 7 tonight with an ecumenical service at Light of the World Christian Church on Michigan Road. Events will continue through next weekend, with many events at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

The highest level of security will be July 19-20, the final Friday and Saturday night of the celebration, when most people attend events Downtown.

“Several hundred” police officers will be Downtown along with hundreds of volunteers to help the event run smoothly, said Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons.


Michael Bates, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department deputy chief, said police will provide additional lighting for Downtown areas that are relatively dark, mostly on the east side of Downtown and on Maryland Street.

In addition, he said, police will visit the homes of about 15 to 20 known gang members or troublemakers to warn them against causing problems if they attend Expo.


{snip} In addition, about 75 surveillance cameras will provide live feeds to a command van Downtown.


Since 10 people were shot right after Expo closed in 2010, no gun violence has been reported during the past two celebrations as the event moved many of its elements to the Indiana Convention Center.


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  • Spartacus

    “This year’s Summer Celebration will kick off at 7 tonight with an
    ecumenical service at Light of the World Christian Church on Michigan


    I don’t know if God exists or not, but if He does, I can guarantee He hates blacks.

  • Howitzers mounted on Indianapolis Police SUVs.

    God forbid if GZ is found not guilty during the Indiana Bell Curve Expo. The joint will turn inside out.

  • The__Bobster

    “Several hundred” police officers will be Downtown along with hundreds of volunteers to help the event run smoothly, said Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons.

    If nothing else, the chief has an appropriate surname.

  • The__Bobster

    The highest level of security will be July 19-20, the final Friday and Saturday night of the celebration, when most people attend events Downtown.

    Why is that? Are they having cRap concerts those nights? It’s not like those are the only times the spoonies don’t have to get up for work the next morning.

    • Lewis33

      Everybody settles their scores before fleeing town…That’s what the local fox59 says.

  • Rhialto

    This article is essentially a governmental admission that Blacks are much more violent than other groups, and that governments must take this into consideration in law enforcement. The liberals claim that white Racism causes this behavior; “evil white men” claim the cause is genetic. Whatever the cause, no sane observer denies it: Blacks and violence are joined at the hip.

  • gemjunior

    In a sane society, this amount of manpower and materials would never be spent on this foolishness. Just have enough manpower to arrest them all, give them an old fashioned police style ‘tune up’ if they resist arrest, and pack them into paddy wagons. Stop tiptoeing around these black bastards – it should be easy to see that they’ve been given and inch and then a mile, but no amount will satisfy their lust for violence and mayhem. This is appeasement and kid gloves when they need to be knocked to the ground on their unbreakable skulls and dragged in handcuffs to be stuffed into police vans till they can’t stand the stink of each other. “ah dint do nuffin’ would be the most audible sentence in the state of Indiana.

  • bigone4u

    I don’t know what a “Black Expo” is, but if it involves black “culture,” there’s sure to be loud filthy rap music, half-naked “dancers” with outsized posteriors, gold-toothed rappers, gun violence, rape, used condoms lying around, empty wine bottles everywhere, used needles, fast food styro and wrappers littering everywhere, cursing, loud, undignified behavior of all kinds, plus blood stains on the sidewalk, and possibly a dead body or two. Did I leave anything out?

    • IstvanIN

      Are you a black event promoter, because you got the details perfect!

    • Romulus

      No I think you covered all the bases!

  • IstvanIN

    During the Newark riots of 1967 the late, great Mayor Tom Dunn placed sharpshooters on the roofs of buildings in downtown Elizabeth with orders to shoot to kill. While Newark burned, Elizabeth, despite a large Negro population, did not. And to this day Elizabeth is ten times nicer than Newark, with a still significant white population. Perhaps Indianapolis should consider a similar option.

  • It’s an “expo” for blackness.

    • Wethepeople

      Like a slave auction?

  • Only all inclusive events can be cancelled, i.e. Fourth of July, etc.

    100% black events can never be cancelled, “dat be rayciss”.

  • Is there a Trojan Magnum or Courvoisier mobile?

  • Spartacus

    Maybe they’re here to test us – To see how long we can turn the other cheek before finally stretching the rope.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Isn’t it kind of racist for the city of Indianapolis to require such police state measures to deal with a certain demographic? I mean where is Holder on this? How can it possibly be okay for a city to endorse this sort of “implied racism?” I was at the San Diego Comic Con last year and there was not a small army locking down the convention center to keep the peace.

    • Sick of it

      Lmao at the thought of comic geeks causing trouble (sayeth a fellow comic geek).

    • evilsandmich

      I wait with baited breath about how Indy has to implement martial law for Gen Con a month from now.

  • Allan477

    Not only was the Woodstock festival non-violent; it was also poorly planned, and they quickly ran out of food, which could have led to violence. I had two middle-age spinster aunts who were there, with the Reformed pastor, passing out free peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The next time I saw Aunt Florence, she told me the young people were so polite and so thankful for the food–although, she said, some of them should have been wearing more clothing than they were.
    The Woodstock Festival was actually held in Bethel, NY, but, as I understand it, named after an earlier festival which was held in Woodstock. Although I have lived in Chicago for over forty years, I still have a lot of relatives in that area.

  • Cancel the Expo and let the savages know that they are no longer welcome.

  • I just don’t know why you are making such a big deal about this the savages were just having a little fun, besides, the savages didn’t eat anyone.

    • evilsandmich

      At least in America…so far as we know.

  • Big Blue 11

    Police to “send personal messages to gang members” So the cops know who is dealing drugs, dealing guns, killing people, and the gang members are still on the streets?

    • Sick of it

      The cops need their “supplementary income.”

    • Romulus

      If they go at each other, lock them all in and let them have at it. Who cares whether they knock each other off. They’ll be doing us all a favor.

  • cancerous bananna

    Everyday is white expo day!
    Everyday I get up at dawn, go to work, solve problems, eat only what my body needs, come home and enjoy the fruits of my labor.

    I don’t believe blacks do any of that… so they need an expo to release some of that pent-up mis-directed energy.

  • MBlanc46

    Interesting bit of history. Thanks.

  • DailyKenn

    The joke in Indiana is that the Indiana State Fair is the “white expo”.

    The difference? There have been no persistent problems with white teens shooting up the place.

  • DailyKenn

    Think of a state fair for black people that is conducted in a convention center rather than fair grounds. No pigs or cows..

    I see nothing wrong with the concept.
    Of course, there will never be a white expo. That would be racist.

    • evilsandmich

      There’s plenty of white expos, they’re called stuff like comic-con, etc.

      Tip: If you’re white, don’t order food from a black vendor.

      Probably not very advisable if you’re black either.

      • vladdy1

        What makes comic con a white expo?

  • Erasmus

    What a waste of money.

  • vladdy1

    Did I miss the comments section after this original piece?

  • vladdy1

    I don’t think God hates the people. It’s the actions they chose that he gets pissed off about.

  • vladdy1

    It certainly doesn’t help when the president of the U.S. invites people who preach this kind of stuff, either through rap or through black supremacy or the brotherhood. That’s why, even tho’ Biden is one of the biggest jerks in history (that “debate” made me throw up)…I’d still rather see Obama removed and Biden in power.

    • The very idea of “President Biden” brings to mind the Chinese curse:

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      I guess America’s official pastime as so decreed by President Biden would be gesticulating and waving your hands around above your head and moaning and grunting like a nut.