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Question from Indianapolis Mayoral Debate on WISH-TV: Addressing how officers do their jobs

Hogsett and Shreve: How to prevent over-policing (reclip)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Democrat mayor of Indianapolis and a Republican hopeful for the job answered questions, many provided by WISH-TV viewers, during a live, hourlong debate aired Monday night.

Hogsett is seeking a third four-year term as mayor of Indianapolis. Shreve, a businessman who has previously served on the City-County Council, won the Republican primary in May.

Monday night’s presentation was the first one-hour televised debate in an Indianapolis mayoral campaign in nearly 20 years.

For many communities in Indianapolis, simply putting more officers on the street does not address the issue of how officers do their jobs. What do the candidates say to those communities, especially communities of color, who worry about “overpolicing” in certain neighborhoods?

Hogsett says, in 2024, IMPD will be adding dashcams, after already adding bodycams for all officers. He notes that his administration has improved accountability and transparency through a number of measures.

Shreve responded police officers are hungry for added technology. “This administration has been, in my view, slow to adopt the technology that the mayor launched. We were one of the last departments to adopt body cameras. … We were very slow to roll that out.”