INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - IMPD Police Chief Rick Hite is asking locals to maintain the peace downtown tonight during the weekend event.
Chief Hite released this statement Saturday:
The 43rd annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration kicked off its biggest weekend last night with a great concert in the American Legion Mall. Family and friends, twenty thousand strong, enjoyed fun and fellowship, while enjoying music from some of the industry's most talented artists, like the O'Jays. There are even more exciting events to look forward to today.
I want to personally appeal to everyone to come in peace tonight. We had very few problems last night and none associated with the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration. We want the same for tonight. In order to ensure a peaceful day, we have several hundred IMPD officers and other law enforcement partners deployed throughout downtown. Additionally, we have partnered with the Ten-Point Coalition and other faith-based groups, who will patrol downtown carrying a message of peace.
Everyone is welcome downtown tonight. However, if your intentions are to come down and disrupt this Family Strong Event, we will respond swiftly to eliminate the disruption. I am asking parents to know where their children are at all times and make sure they are properly supervised. The Indiana curfew law will be enforced.
Indianapolis is a great city and the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is an important part of what makes it so great. I look forward to a fun, safe Saturday night. See you downtown!
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