Local activist group calls for prosecuting attorney to resign

The mission of the group is to find justice for families of homicide victims and stop the violence.

Posted: Feb 22, 2018 5:23 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2018 5:22 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Flip This City, a local activist group is calling for Karen Richards to resign from her position as Allen County prosecuting attorney.

The mission of the group is to find justice for families of homicide victims and stop the violence.

At a meeting Thursday morning group leaders said the mission starts with Richards.

"Homicide has become a big deal in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It's something that we have not had to deal with in the past or growing up. It's something that we don't want our children to have to deal with, and as the years go by continues to get worse and worse and worse," said Nasim Walker.

Group leaders said there are three reasons they are calling for the resignation.

They believe Richards has violated the Indiana Code and  Constitution by failing to treat victims and families with fairness and dignity. They also said Richards has not taken enough cases to trial, or worked with law enforcement and families. Bright said the prosecuting attorney has not engaged with the community to find ways to prevent violent crimes.

They also said there are about 350 unsolved homicides in Allen County right now.

"This is the aftermath after the crime. Then it goes into her hands, and Yes, she's not doing that correctly. She's not following the state laws in regards to handling the victims and handling the crimes. She's not," said Asia Marshall.

Richards responded Thursday afternoon and said while she understands the group's frustrations, she does her job and files cases based on evidence.

"The bottom line is that when you prosecute a criminal case you have to have a reasonable belief that you can prove that case because a reasonable doubt," Richards said.

She also said has worked with several members of the group to bring cases to trial and has been active with law enforcement.

"I was in the pouring rain Monday at that homicide scene because that's what we do. We do care and we're part of a team. The problem is the community needs to be a part of that team as well," Richards said.

Another Flip This City meeting will be held Saturday at noon at the Summit on Rudisill.

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