INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - As families from across the country visit downtown Indianapolis this weekend for the Indiana Black Expo's 43rd annual Summer Celebration, police are helping make sure their visit is a safe one.
Several hundred IMPD officers along with other law enforcement officials are on hand – partnering with the Ten Point Coalition and other faith-based groups carrying a "message of peace."
"Everyone is welcome downtown tonight," said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite in a statement Saturday. "However, if your intentions are to come down and disrupt this Family Strong Event, we will respond swiftly to eliminate the disruption."
The event comes a few weeks after a deadly July fourth shooting downtown and other recent incidents involving unsupervised teens and young adults.
"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," said Hite.
As the year draws to a close, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says he's still waiting for something he asked for back in March.
The Indianapolis Zoo hosted its annual "Christmas at the Zoo" fundraiser Wednesday, but the festivities became a secondary celebration for one special family.
Black ice likely caused an accident Wednesday morning in Boone County.