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Downtown Indianapolis teens

Downtown Indianapolis teens

Downtown Indianapolis teens

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police responded after a large crowd of young people gathered downtown early Friday morning.

IMPD officers were called to the area near Meridian and Washington after youths gathered around 2 a.m., long after the Fourth of July fireworks had concluded downtown.


The state’s curfew law remains in effect, meaning anyone 15 or younger must be home between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Teens between 15 and 17 face the same curfew during the week, though they can stay out until 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

“I have no idea why they were staying at the center so late,” said IMPD Capt. Don Weilhammer. “It’s not right for young people to be at the center without parental supervision.”

Weilhammer said there were reports that some of the teens may have thrown fireworks at officers.

“Fortunately, none of the officers were injured. They were setting off fireworks just as (the officers) were walking by, possibly trying to hit them,” he said.

Initially, IMPD made announcements urging the youths to leave the area and return home. When that didn’t work, police turned on their lights and sirens to get them to disperse.

Weilhammer said groups gathering together can lead to a dangerous situation, such as the previously reported shooting at the canal.

“(The shooting at the canal) started with a big commotion, a large group of children and adults here. That’s why we try to disperse these crowds so that these things don’t happen,” Weilhammer said.

Weilhammer said police made at least one arrest and recovered several firearms on Monument Circle. He could not say whether the arrest involved an adult or a juvenile.