Metro Youth Supporter: Fort Wayne Police Should Provide Free Security

By John W. Davis

August 30, 2010 Updated Aug 31, 2010 at 6:51 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - After a recent shooting outside a youth football game, Metro Youth Sports leaders held a meeting Monday night to address parents concerns.

Metro Youth Sports serves 1,200 youth football players and cheerleaders.

Most parents said Metro Youth Sports should not be blamed for the recent incident.

Some went even further in supporting the 35-year-old youth league, "I want to be a part of the solution," said Greater Progressive Baptist Church Pastor Anthony R. Pettus Sr.

"My thought process is to get with Jim Winters the president and get a petition circulating among every team so that every parent can sign and demand that our city come forward and offer protection," said Pettus Sr.

The petition would ask Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York to provide free security because the incident happened on public property outside of the football game.

"I agree with Reverend Pettis hopefully we can get the city of Fort Wayne, maybe the Fort Wayne Police Department to be a partner with us in trying to overrun the cost that we have as far as providing that security out there," said Metro Youth Sports President Jim Winters.

Right now, the league employs three off duty Fort Wayne Police officers to provide private security at every game.

Metro Youth Sports Financial Administrator Thomas Macon said security fees will cost the league about $15,000 dollars this year.

Parents said told Metro Youth Sports leaders that they appreciated the league but did not want to pay admission to see their children play.

However, Metro Youth Sports spent $1,125 dollars last weekend to provide security.

League President Jim Winters said Metro Youth Sports is still seeking donations and community partnerships, so fans will not have to pay admission.

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