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Audio Included in Post. Runs 54 Minutes ©2011 WTLC/Radio One. At times expansive and at times defensive Mayor Greg Ballard appeared on Afternoons with Amos talking issues with listeners and Amos.  Among  highlights of the interview (hear the full interview above and share comments below) Mayor Ballard talked about efforts of police to crack down on crime while declaring that overall crime is down. He addressed listener concerns about crime and abandoned buildings. The Mayor explained his efforts to want to assume “local control” of any IPS schools taken over by the state, saying that he “had been talking with the State” about this issue for several months.  In a stunning admission, Mayor Ballard admitted that during his mayoralty he had not had individual meetings with the leadership of the Indianapolis Chapter of the NAACP. The Mayor said that there is a group of Black leaders he “regularly has meetings with”, but declined to say who they were, only that it did not include NAACP leadership. The Mayor also refused to order the grant applications of those who receiving tax funded Community Crime Prevention Grants made public.  However, the Mayor indicated that he might be opposed to having that controversial status replication of a slave statue from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument placed in front of the City-County Building.