LMPD chief plans to bust overtime budget to deal with violence - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

LMPD chief plans to bust overtime budget to deal with violence

Posted: Updated:
LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad
Paula Bader Paula Bader
Kevin Kramer Kevin Kramer
Madonna Flood Madonna Flood

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville's police chief said Wednesday he plans to put downtown officers on overtime to combat the kind of mob violence that broke out over the weekend.

Chief Steve Conrad said the police department doesn't need extra officers, drawing criticism from Metro Council members who said the agency was significantly understaffed.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Safety at Waterfront Park a concern following mob attack]

The department will ask Metro Council for more money to cover overtime costs above the budgeted $3.6 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, Conrad said.

"As opposed to pulling (officers) from other places to be downtown, we're using overtime for that," he said. "That has been the short-term approach to this problem."

[PREVIOUS STORY: Police to increase presence after downtown attacks]

Conrad said Metro Police are working with Jefferson County Public Schools administrators to identify the teenagers who terrorized downtown businesses and passers-by late Saturday night.

As many as 200 teenagers jumped on cars, attacked bystanders and tried to rush their way into a downtown business. The gathering started as an impromptu vigil for Me'Quale Offutt, the 14-year-old stabbed to death aboard a TARC bus on March 16.

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

On Wednesday, a grand jury declined to indict Anthony Allen, 44, the man charged with Offutt's murder.

Councilman Kevin Kramer, a Republican, repeatedly asked Conrad at a Metro committee meeting whether he had plans to hire new staff, and expressed disappointment with the chief's answer.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Police investigate possible link between TARC bus attacks and roving teen mob]

"Please know that when you come back to this council, you have folks already willing to support you in that request," Kramer said. "For years, this council has been insisting of the police department that we increase staffing."

Paula Bader, the owner of Bader's Food Mart on the corner of First and Jefferson Streets, told Conrad and council members that her business is a regular victim of mob violence in the summer.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Additional security cameras to be installed after weekend violence]

When the weather's nice, crowds can form two or three times a week and have stolen merchandise, trashed the store and injured employees, Bader said.

"You have city officials saying it's an isolated incident and it doesn't occur, but it occurs on a regular basis," Bader said.

The crowds can scare away customers, she added.

Conrad disputed the frequency of the violence but apologized to Bader for Saturday's incidents. A store security video shows a crowd breaking its way through the doors and past a clerk.

Councilwoman Madonna Flood, a Democrat, said more people than just police are responsible for bringing the mob to justice.

"Parents need to be parents, and the parents know who those pictures are on that video," Flood said. "Whoever the parents are, you need to step up to the plate and take those kids down to (police) headquarters."

Copyright 2014 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Only On 3

    4-year-old boy banned from local doughnut shop

    4-year-old boy banned from local doughnut shop

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:55:12 GMT
    Kids say the darndest things, but one local inquisitive 4-year-old boy asked a question that got him banned from a Monroe doughnut shop.More >>
    Kids say the darndest things, but one local inquisitive 4-year-old boy asked a question that got him banned from a Monroe doughnut shop.More >>
  • Lawsuit: Princeton BMC doctors amputated man's genitals without prior warning

    Lawsuit: Princeton BMC doctors amputated man's genitals without prior warning

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:56:38 GMT
    A Jefferson County man is suing his doctors and a local hospital, alleging that he went in for a circumcision but when he woke up, doctors had amputated his genitals.More >>
    A Jefferson County man is suing his doctors and a local hospital, alleging that he went in for a circumcision but when he woke up, doctors had amputated his genitals.More >>
  • Are Louisville food trucks making the grade?

    Are Louisville food trucks making the grade?

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:06:24 GMT
    WAVE 3 News Troubleshooter Eric Flack's investigation into food trucks last summer was one of his most talked about stories in years. His undercover video and health department interviews stirred a fiery response. Now, a new report about food truck safety has been released by the Institute for Justice, and it's good news for the industry and food truck operators.More >>
    WAVE 3 News Troubleshooter Eric Flack's investigation into food trucks last summer was one of his most talked about stories in years. His undercover video and health department interviews stirred a fiery response. Now, a new report about food truck safety has been released by the Institute for Justice, and it's good news for the industry and food truck operators.

    More >>