End 'snitching,' help find Blackburn's killer

INDIANAPOLIS -- The hour-long press conference ended in the same way it began: police asking and pleading for anybody with information to come forward and help police solve its crimes, especially the murder of Amanda Blackburn.

Members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana State Police and the FBI came together Friday to warn criminals that they’re coming for them.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” IMPD Chief Richard Hite said.

Doug Carter, Indiana State Police superintendent gave an impassioned speech about how much Indianapolis' law enforcement cares about the city, and asking for help in finding the people responsible:

"We need you. It doesn't matter what you look like. Now is our time. Now is our time. I don't know what else to say. I don't know what else to say. I've seen this guy [referring to Hite] in the alleys of Indianapolis at 2 in the morning. I've seen him sit quietly in a dark room after Perry Renn was murdered. That's the level and the quality and the caliber of law enforcement you have in the city of Indianapolis. He has welcomed my agency, and the what I represent in and around the state of Indiana, into the city. It's not about what color our shirt is. Sheriff [John] Layton is the same way for more than the 30 years that I've known him. We can give you the answers, but we need you to help us. We need you to help us. Reverend [Charles] Harrison, I see you all the time doing extraordinary work for people you don't even know. Now is our time. Now is our time. For those responsible for killing Amanda, we are coming. We. Are. Coming. And I hope it's not long."

Layton said the crime has became worse since he's been in law enforcement, but that the different organizations are coming together to fight the problem. 

"It has kind of stepped up," he said. "I think anyone who's been in a uniform, of any color, for any length of time can see that things are not progressing well. They're going in the direction that we fight every day as police, sheriffs and faith-based community."

The presser also focused on ending the stereotype of “snitching” on each other to the police.

"There are some issues with community trust,” U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said. "The most odious and insulting name you can call anybody in a middle school or a high school is a snitch. They define a snitch as anybody that talks to law enforcement -- ever. ... Somebody needs to turn that around."

Even Rev. Charles Harrison, who is not law enforcement, but a community advocate, discussed the problem of “snitches” in Indianapolis.

“We have to address the code of silence in our streets,” he said. 

They also shared the latest developments of the Blackburn case, which police say “threw them for a loop” because of the non-violent nature of the neighborhood.

"We have a lot of tired detectives," IMPD Captain Craig Converse said. "A lot of angry detectives."

Converse said when police first entered the Blackburn house, her dog came out and greeted them. 

"He gave us all a bunch of licks," he said. "It was a nice little break -- just playing with the dog."

Police say they have seen who killed Blackburn, but they don’t know their name, since it was from a surveillance camera.

There was another burglary two houses down of the Blackburn house around 5:30 that morning, and police believe the two are connected.

When Davey Blackburn, Amanda's husband left to work out around 6 a.m., the killer believed the house was empty. Around 6:45, a neighbor said they heard gunshots. 

Blackburn was 12 weeks pregnant when she was killed.

The killer drove a dark-colored SUV and was seen on video leaving the area. Multiple TVs were stolen, and believed to be transported in that SUV.

Police haven’t released the photos or videos of the suspect, but are asking for anybody who knows anything to call 317-262-TIPS (8477). Police said they will release the photos of the suspect in the "near future."

The person police are looking for is a black man with medium-to-light complexion, slim-to-medium build, between 5-feet-4-inches and 5-feet-9-inches tall. He was wearing light pants with a two-toned hoodie -- the jacket part was suede and the hood was lighter.

“This individual belongs in jail as quickly as humanly possible,” Eric Hench of IMPD said.

Hench then reiterated the need for others to contact police and help them solve the case.

"The only thing that's necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing," he said.


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