Pence: More info needed on Gary's help request

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence wants Gary officials to come up with a long-term plan for dealing with violence before deciding whether to grant the mayor's request for state police assistance to help its stressed police department.

Pence asked Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson in a letter to provide details on how the assistance fits into the city's "longer-term plans for self-sufficiency," particularly considering Lake County in May adopted a 1.5 percent income tax.

Freeman-Wilson sent Pence a letter on July 11 asking for state police help as a major show of force for restoring order to Gary's streets. Freeman-Wilson called Pence's request for a long-term plan fair.

State Rep. Charlie Brown tells The Times of Munster he believes Pence's response seems to be a polite "no."

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