South Bend Police stepping up patrols and enforcement due to large crowds, shootings

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South Bend leaders including the police chief, mayor and fire chief spoke at a press conference Wednesday about dangerous behavior in the city.

They said this summer they have responded to large gatherings where people are disruptive, blocking roads, and preventing first responders from arriving to assist in an emergency.

There have also been incidents where hundreds of shots were fired.

"This has to stop" Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said.

"The violence has to stop," council member Sharon McBride said.

"Our patience has run out" Mayor James Mueller said.

Chief Ruszkowski said his department will be conducting extra patrols on the weekends and will have backup from St. Joseph County Police, Mishawaka Police and Indiana State Police if necessary.

Officers will be increasing traffic enforcement and if you get stopped, you will get a ticket. Vehicles may also be impounded depending on the citation.

They will also be issuing tickets for loud noise and loud music.

Anyone caught firing a gun, will get a $2,500 ticket and will likely go to jail, according to the police chief.

People damaging other people's property or trespassing will face charges or receive tickets.

Anyone blocking a street or sidewalk will face disorderly conduct charges.

"Don't block streets, don't shoot and don't fight," Ruszkowski said.

He urges everyone to use common sense and common decency.

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