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Safety at Waterfront Park a concern following mob attack

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Children laughed at Waterfront Park Monday, the same place a teenage mob attacked a man just one day before. Children laughed at Waterfront Park Monday, the same place a teenage mob attacked a man just one day before.
Serice Richardson Serice Richardson
Louisville Metro Council Member David James Louisville Metro Council Member David James
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad LMPD Chief Steve Conrad
A security vehicle was parked near the bridge, but Waterfront Development director David Karem explained the vehicle is a deterrent. A security vehicle was parked near the bridge, but Waterfront Development director David Karem explained the vehicle is a deterrent.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Children laughed and played at Waterfront Park Monday, the same place a teenage mob attacked a man just one day before.

Serice Richardson, a mother of five, watched as her children ran around on the playground. She said she was nervous after learning about the violence that occurred there over the weekend.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Activists: Cause of waterfront violence is key to preventing more problems downtown]

"Just hearing that story makes me, I don't know, I would say think twice?" Richardson said.

So what is the city doing to keep people safe? Louisville Metro Council Member David James is pushing for more police, even if it means paying officers overtime.

[PREVIOUS STORY: City leaders will investigate response to waterfront attack]

"We have to make sure, the police has to make sure, that people feel safe in downtown Louisville," James said.

Meanwhile Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad promised increased patrols

[PREVIOUS STORY: Police search for roving teens responsible for downtown assaults]

"We plan on an increase presence in downtown towards Waterfront Park," he said in an interview Monday afternoon.

In the hour and half our camera crew was at Waterfront Park Monday evening, there was not a cop in sight near the Big Four Bridge. While there are security cameras around the park they are only there to record the construction on the downtown bridge. Meanwhile, there is currently only one way up and one way down the Big Four Bridge, a walk that takes almost four minutes to go down the ramp from the foot of the bridge.

A security vehicle was parked near the bridge, but Waterfront Development director David Karem explained the vehicle is a deterrent. The security is a private contractor who is not allowed or equipped to do anything other than call police.

The parking lot at the bridge was empty Monday. A few people came anyway, relying on police to keep them safe.

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