A Star report quoted Peterson as saying that there appeared to be no single reason for the recent violence. “My best guess is that it is a cumulative effect of many things that have been going on for several years,” he said, mentioning the early release of some jail inmates as an example.“We haven’t seen anything real specific, such as a new drug coming into Indianapolis, or bad guys coming in from other cities, the kind of thing you normally might expect to see cause a spike in crime.”
That's not what Mayor Peterson's former Public Safety Director Robert Turner said in May during an interview on Amos Brown's radio talk show according to WTHR:
Robert Turner, the man with a pulse on the city's public safety until this past June, forewarned of escalating violence during an appearance on the Amos Brown radio show. "The number and level of narcotics coming into this city is massive. It's massive now. We're setting up new territories and now the traditional drug dealers are fighting with the new drug dealers," Turner said.
And WTHR reports that there has been yet another killing tonight, this time just blocks from the Indiana State Fairgrounds. A shocked next-door neighbor and mother of several children expressed her frustration that police aren't doing enough. Just this past Saturday night after the Mayor declared an emergency in response to the spate of new killings, I saw 6 IPD officers sitting in the BP station at Fall Creek and 38th Street just blocks from where tonight's shooting took place having coffee together around 9:00 p.m. when I stopped in for some $3 plus gasoline. I don't fault the officers for taking a break, but it doesn't make sense to have 6 cruisers idled at one time for a coffee break on a Saturday night in a crime-ridden area.
UPDATE: Yet another killing overnight. A stabbling death on the far eastside brings the total number of murders in the city this year to 91.