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Indianapolis rocked by pre-teen armed robber


A young black male robbed a pharmacy at gun point. He has a written list of drugs he wanted. He told the clerk he would “kill everyone” if she pressed the alarm. Police say the armed robber may have been only ten years old.

The robbery prompted a brief discussion about race and crime on Indianapolis Channel 8.

Tanya Bell, President and CEO of the Indiana Black Expo, said “our community needs to do more to deter young people from a life of crime.” The Indiana Black Expo has suffered chronic annual mob violence, at the hands of young black adults and teenagers, for many years.

Bell played the “community” and “society.” Is this a cop out? Who do you think is too blame?

From WISHTV.com…

“Obviously you have drugs that this 10-year-old or 13-year-old probably can’t even pronounce, let alone know what the chemical effects will be on the human body,” said Wilburn. “This is an alarm for all of us as a community, that have we reached a point where we’re now sending 10-year-old children into places of businesses to rob them?”

Tanya Bell is the President and CEO of the Indiana Black Expo. Bell says it’s depressing having to hear about these types of crimes.

“I think that one of the things that the city as well as a lot of other stake holders have really been trying to do, whether that’s through ‘Your Life Matters’ or any other initiatives that’s happening across the city is to be more intentional and strategic with how to address issues that are occurring, crimes being one of them.”

Bell admits this serves as a reminder of what community and city leaders need to focus on to improve the outcome of African American youth in Indianapolis.

“The main focus though is how we address the root causes of crime,” said Bell. “How we look at a lot of societal issues that are happening in our community.”