Ruszkowski: Extra patrols on duty to curtail mass gatherings, shooting incidents

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South Bend is on track to see one of the most violent years in recent history. Right now, nearly 90 people have been criminally shot, 14 people killed, and that number continues to rise, according to South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski.

On top of that, police are seeing an increase of people racing through and eventually blocking roads and intersections for hours at a time, specifically on the weekends and intentionally. We have residents complaining about shots fired, fireworks, loud noise, fighting, consumption and other disorderly behavior-while not even being able to drive down their street or leave their homes due to these mass gatherings.

As well, officers, firefighters and paramedics are having a difficult time reaching those who have an emergency due to roads and intersections being blocked. The added time it takes to go an alternative route could prevent a life being saved. They are also experiencing the same difficulties trying to leave incidents in order to respond to other ones because of these intentional gatherings, Ruszkowski said.

Starting this weekend, Chief Ruszkowski says there will be extra patrols on duty. Officers will pull over speeders, drivers with expired license plates, drivers traveling recklessly and more. He says police won’t hesitate to ticket drivers or impound vehicles, if necessary.

Ruszkowski says the extra patrols will be backed up by St. Joseph County Police and Mishawaka Police, if needed.

He also said the extra patrols will continue for several weekends.


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1 comment

Judie Rankin August 6, 2020 at 1:53 pm

My heart and prayers go out to all officers, their families and loved ones. They have the toughest, most dangerous job there is. Sure, as in all walks of life there are good and bad people. Police officers deserve everyone’s respect and should not have to tolerate anything less. I cannot imagine life without law, order and justice. Forever and always I will support and stand by the men and women in BLUE! Thank you to all Police Officers for your service👮‍♂️👮‍♀️


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