Tempers flare at community meeting following teen's death

Tempers flare at community meeting following teen's death
Councilman Dan Johnson (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Councilman Dan Johnson (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Lindsay Shores (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Lindsay Shores (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – More than 100 people packed into a heated community meeting days after a 15-year-old was killed in Louisville's Beechmont neighborhood.

Le Truong, a Vietnamese student at Iroquois High School, was shot and killed outside a church on First Street on Thursday.

Monday's meeting got aggressive quickly as neighbors shouted at Councilman Dan Johnson for telling them to call 911 in case they heard more shots fired.

"I'm sick and tired of every time we call the police we're not treated seriously and we're treated like we're not educated people," one neighbor said.

Others in the community expressed frustration at the Louisville Metro Police Department's 4th Division for not providing more officers after repeated calls about shots fired incidents in the area.

"This could've been my child and it was her child and it's not fair to her," Lindsay Shores, a neighbor, said through tears.

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Police said they directed officers to increase patrols in the area on November 8, two days before the shooting.

Shores said now the community needs healing for the children dealing with the loss and help from the police department.

"I don't think that attacking them is the answer," Shores said. "I think that we need to build them up so our police force in the area is what it needs to be."

The 4th Division has put in a request for outside help to increase patrols even more.

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