I agree the plan worked. The goal of no violence and keeping the peace worked and even though it’s never popular to say the boss’s plan worked but it did. It shows that when the people running the city actually want to do something, they can make it happen. And yes the administration was very appreciative of all the officers that worked on their canceled day off and they told the troops. There were many officers that were working behind the scenes but the kudos go to the uniforms that were out there standing the corners, directing the pedestrian and vehicle traffic and also the uniform groups that monitored the young crowds when they let out of an event. The city owes the uniforms a huge thank-you. They did a great job. There were more white people attending the expo this year which was good to see in this 21st century.
Still there’s one area that goes ignored every year and it’s not the responsibility of the city police. During the concert at Legion Mall, there are vendors that pay the expo for space to sell anything from food to purses, clothes, musical CD’s, and movies. Why is this a big deal? Well about half of them are committing felonies by selling fraudulent items and pirated music and movies under popular name brands. The vendors that were selling these items are usually from a foreign country that funds terrorism. They have no identification, and are very quick to pack up and leave when they are exposed selling these fake goods.
Once again, why worry about this? Because it’s organized crime (possibly global) profiting off an Indiana state endorsed event. The Expo is not to blame for this but they were made aware of this last year. In order to produce these goods, an underground company is making them somewhere and not claiming them as stock. All the items sold were done with cash and no receipts are given out. That’s red flag number one. In Indiana, you have to charge sales tax and I am pretty sure none of these vendors paid the sales taxes that would go back to the state which brings me to my next point. The Legion Mall is on state property which is the jurisdiction of the Indiana Sate Police. Several of those troopers work there for this event and get paid indirectly by the same taxes that the vendors do not charge the customers or pay to the state. They are also ripping off the poor people of the state since tax money provides them certain services. In defense of the state police, they don’t have units that deal with fraud and forgery in the counterfeit merchandise area. However the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has a unit that are pros at dealing with this kind of thing and I’m sure would help since they are already working that weekend.
The expo went the smoothest it ever has but let’s not stop there. Police the vendors by inspecting the merchandise. If the merchandise is counterfeit, confiscate it early and start an investigation. Pass a law where they can estimate a flat sales tax rate for the vendors to pay since most of them are cooking the books somewhere to not pay or avoid paying the taxes altogether. Just because it’s not disrupting the peace doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be enforced.