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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An email sent by a Metro Police deputy chief reveals concerns that teen flash mobs could escalate to violence.
Wednesday evening, WDRB obtained the email sent by Deputy Police Chief Yvette Gentry to community organization Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative in the wake of Saturday's violence in downtown Louisville.
"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," Gentry wrote.
The email, titled "Flash Mob Violence," says the large gatherings have occurred for two years, but have turned violent in the past several months. The groups include unsupervised kids as young as 11 years old.
Police suggest increased parental supervision, saying "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."
The email lists the following locations as problematic spots for teen gatherings:
Big Four Bridge
1st Street from Broadway to Market
Broadway from 2nd – 30th
Dixie Hwy from Broadway to Virginia
32 Street and Greenwood Avenue
Gentry says the teen mobs often target people walking alone or in small groups, as well gas stations and TARC buses.
"We typically do not incarcerate kids unless they are involved in felonious behavior," Gentry wrote of the challenges facing police enforcement of youth activity.
In light of recent events, the deputy chief says LMPD plans to increase police presence in the problematic areas, work with churches and social organizations and seek a change within in the judicial system.