Mayor Fischer addresses teen violence on WDRB News; writes open letter
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The chaos caused by teen mobs in downtown Louisville "is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer wrote in a letter to citizens Wednesday.
Mayor Fischer spoke to WDRB's David Scott on WDRB News @ 10 Wednesday to respond to the outbreak of teen violence in downtown Louisville, March 22.
"When you take a look at the data, we're one of the safer large cities in America, and crime has been going down for two years," Fischer said.
In his letter, Mayor Fischer says LMPD is pursuing those responsible and listed several ways the city will respond to the violent outbreak.
The city will increase police presence downtown, monitor problematic gatherings on social media, encourage the community to report potentially dangerous situations and ask community leaders to address violence with teens and their parents, the letter stated.
"The victims of the weekend chaos were both white and black, young and old and regardless of who they are or where they live they deserve to have their perpetrators brought to justice," Mayor Fischer wrote.
"We are a great city full of good citizens who deserve to feel safe wherever they are."
Fischer added that the community must work together and be "decisive, thoughtful and broad-ranging" in their response to the violence.
In his appearance on WDRB News, the mayor also responded to the potential of vigilante justice from concerned citizens.
"Now is the time where people are justifiably upset, but you've got to be calm and collected, and go about business and let us put in our action plan at the same time. Any type of extreme behavior is not going to be helpful for the city. That's what led to this problem in the first place. The last thing we need is adults acting that way," Mayor Fischer said.
To read Mayor Fischer's full letter to the citizens of Louisville, click here.
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