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In an hour long live interview on Afternoons with Amos, US Attorney Joe Hogsett explained why the US Attorney’s office and Federal law enforcement agencies are providing assistance to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in dealing with violent gun crimes in some of Indianapolis’ high crime neighborhoods. Hogsett’s office is providing an unprecedented level of Federal assistance to Marion County law enforcement. He’s doing this in response to requests from IMPD and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, in consultation with Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry. In the interview Hogsett told Amos and listeners about several of his office’s efforts to help deal with the rising level of aggravated assaults with weapons in Indianapolis as well as the alarming 58% increase in homicides already this year. Included in those plans is creating “Zero Tolerance Zones” in serious crime hot spots.  In these zones Federal charges could be leveled against those committing crimes with guns.  US Attorney Hogsett also wants to do a better job tracing and finding out where juveniles are obtaining firearms and prosecute those providing firearms to juveniles. In response to listeners asking about Federal enforcement of meth labs (which rarely exist in Black neighborhoods) Hogsett said the Feds were prosecuting those crimes.  He added that a major problem in Indianapolis had become robberies at pharmacies.  Hogsett told listeners that in 2012 Indianapolis led the nation in the number of pharmacy robberies, which breaks Federal laws.  Several listeners also called with serious concerns about increase Federal involvement with local law enforcement in Black neighborhoods.  Click the Link To Hear US Attorney Joe Hogsett’s full Afternoons with Amos Interview. Runs 56 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.

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