Email written by LMPD Deputy Chief Yvette Gentry obtained by WAVE 3 News
Flash Mobs have become popular over the years. We have had several large events over the past two years where kids use social media to select a spot to meet up and dance or socialize. These events drew large crowds and were problematic for traffic and impeded businesses but violence was never the purpose or the outcome.
Over the past few months, violence has been an issue that has left numerous law abiding citizens victimized, some with moderate to serious injuries.
The kids we are finding involved are as young as 11 years old out without purpose or supervision. Some groups involve upwards of 30 kids that otherwise may be decent but take on the personality and mentality of the leaders that have every intention of taking part in criminal activity.
The major concern is that someone is going to get killed during an incident. That someone could be a very young child that is involved.
Parents need to supervise their children when they are out in public. We are not equipped as law enforcement to incur the costs of doubling our night and weekend manpower allocations in order to take kids off the street and search for a parent or guardian to take responsibility for that child and their behavior. That is beyond the limitations of our current Criminal Justice System.
Our current system is set up for alternate methods of detention for young people. We typically do not incarcerate kids unless they are involved in felonious behavior. Those kids that are charged with felonies are taken to our Youth Detention Center.
Misdemeanor crimes that may include vandalism, minor assaults and theft require a citation arrest and release to a parent/guardian. The alternative is to take them to a YMCA Safe Place at which they are allowed to leave if they so choose.
LMPD Enforcement Plans
Events that occurred on Saturday, March 22, 2014
On March 22 between 19:45 and 21:45 officers from the First Division mid-watch platoon, DAP & VIPER responded to numerous runs that involved a large group of early to late teen black males and females. These individuals began their path of lawlessness at the Big Four Bridge with numerous reports of fights and at least two strong-arm robberies.
The first incident involved a white male that was hospitalized after he was beaten and had his wallet stolen by numerous black males as he attempted to keep them from beating and taking a 13-year-old black female's purse and phone.
As officers responded to this incident, more "trouble" & "fight" runs followed.
Officers were dispatched and dispersed crowds of 70-80 individuals from the White Castle at 1st & Market.
As officers were clearing the area at First and Market a crowd of black males attacked a woman and her family in their vehicle as she was stopped in traffic on Liberty at First St. They threw trash cans at her car, kicked it and punched her numerous times in the face as her frightened children watched. This woman was hospitalized with lacerations to her face and unknown head/neck injuries.
Several others from this group of individuals ran into Bader's Market at First & Jefferson snatched items from the shelves and fled the store. An employee of Bader's suffered minor injuries after he was struck several times as he attempted to close the entry doors.
As officers were tending to victims and dispersing the unruly crowd that had congregated on the lot of Bader's and the area of First & Jefferson an unknown number of black males attacked a white male at Third & Chestnut on the sidewalk. The victim was struck numerous times about the head and was transported to the hospital.
This was quickly followed by an assault & robbery of a black male at 5th & Broadway by an unknown number of black males. This victim was transported by EMS to UofL and "room 9ed" due to his injuries.
Just a block away at 6th & Broadway a white male was beaten and had his bicycle taken by the same group of individuals. He was also transported by EMS and hospitalized due to his injuries.
Officers were dispatched numerous times to the McDonald's on East Market, Bader's Market, White Castle and the McDonald's at 2nd & Broadway on disorderly subjects following and during the above incidents.
Officers continued to respond to reports of criminal mischief to vehicles, buildings and property related to this group of individuals until the end of their shift.
Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin did not apologize for using an analogy comparing public employees to a panicked drowning victim.More >>
In previous years, Newcomer Academy students were spread out in three different schools. This year, they will have a building of their own.More >>
Jimmy Harper claims LMPD violated state law when the major was demoted in 2016. Attorney Thomas Clay is defending Harper. He has totaled the damages to over $6 million.More >>
JCPS and Google created a Backpack of Success Skills -- an online platform that will allow students to store their school work from kindergarten to senior year.More >>
A Kentucky high school soccer coach faces charges over allegations of sending and receiving explicit messages with two of his players, and raping one of them.More >>