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Police hold roll call among neighbors calling for help

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Even before Saturday's fatal shooting of an IMPD officer, Metro Police planned a public roll call for Monday night.

Officers met with residents near Willard Park on the east side of Indianapolis.

Reporting for roll call is a routine part of a police officer's day. But this time is anything but routine.

"They need to get rid of these guns for one. I'm scared of them myself. And half the people that got them don't need them. They do stupid stuff," said Rebecca Thompson, a mother and neighbor around Willard Park.

Her neighborhood has some dilapidated houses and overgrown lots "that could use mowing. Clean up a little bit around here for everybody safety," she said.

Maybe a chance to put young people to work, Thompson says.

"So they can have something to do come the summer besides fighting and arguing with each other," she added.

She wants it safe for her four-year-old son, Henry.

"It makes you think what could happen to you. Could you be next?" said neighbor Michael Potter.

At the Speed Queen coin laundry, neighbors come clean about their concerns after the Broad Ripple shootings and murder of a police officer.

"I don't know that I'm shaken so much as I am disappointed," said schoolteacher Catherine Hinkle.

Folks here are hearing about new calls for a mandatory 20 extra years in prison for those convicted of a violent felony.

"We're in crisis mode and we need to produce some confidence that people can move around at night and feel safe in Indianapolis," said State Sen. Jim Merritt.

"Everyone's talking about guns and gun safety," said Hinkle. "We are seeing it here. I think yes, (for) the added time."

Potter, however, is skeptical about that.

"All we can do is hope and pray at the end of the day people are going to be people," he said.

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