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Some Louisville residents remain fearful after mob attacks despite stepped up security

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly three weeks after an outbreak of violence in downtown Louisville, city leaders continue to reassure the public that the city is safe -- but some people we spoke with are still concerned. 

Most recently, the city installed two dozen new security cameras, but keeping residents calm has become a more difficult task following new concerns after a leaked FBI memo talked about rival gangs and speculated that there were more plans for violence in the works.

Ashley Raggins and Mike Reed waited nearly three weeks before visiting Waterfront Park again after a mob of teens gathered on March 22 "because I was scared we might ... something might happen to us," Raggins said.

Reed said he was finally able to convince her to give it another try.

"I think that was a one-time thing," Reed said.

Even so, Raggins brought along a stun gun just in case.

"So I have my little weapon," Raggins said.

City leaders rushed to install 24 of cameras at Waterfront Park after the March 22 incident.

With the city's high-profile Derby Festival about to begin, more than a million people expected to visit the waterfront.

Law enforcement officials have promised more Thunder security than ever before. About a dozen officers from Metro Corrections will rotate shifts, keeping an eye on the park through the security cameras 24 hours a day.

"We've put all this into place very quickly," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "So the immediate plan is for Metro Corrections to be monitoring it, because they already have personnel that are monitoring the cameras on a 24/7 basis. That's our short-term plan."

The FBI memo named Frost Middle School as the birthplace of the group, known as the YNO gang that's part of six other teenage gangs. The memo also stated that some of the gang members may be stealing guns from shipments before they get to area retailers.


Derrick Daugherty says his daughter attends Frost Middle School, and has told him about some disturbing activities.

"Not anything specifically pertaining to gangs, but just a lot of unruly children, on the bus ... a lot of activities that should be addressed."

Daugherty says he doesn't plan to attend Thunder.

"We will not be attending because I don't feel it will be a safe environment," he said.

Daugherty says the new security cameras do not address statements from the memo that identifies the group of 200 teens as a gang called YNO that may have started at his daughter's middle school.

In part, the memo mentioned teens "armed in a major way, possibly fearless."

Daugherty says he has two young children and said the information in the memo is "something to be concerned about."

The FBI memo also mentioned that gangs may be planning to target the Pegasus Parade.

Mayor Greg Fischer says the city is taking the intelligence seriously.

"Every one of our big events we have a specific security plan for, whether that's Thunder, the Derby or the parade, we assess each one. What's going on in the country and in the community at the same time and develop a customized plan for that."

But the Mayor's assurances provided little comfort for Raggins and Reed. 

"A camera is not going to stop anything from happening," Reed said. "A camera is just going to record what does happen. They caught the people last time on camera, yet it didn't stop people from getting beat up."

Reed and Raggins say they'll enjoy the event from the comfort of their home.

"I wouldn't even bring my child down here," Raggins said.

JCPS leaders refused to comment on camera today about gangs in their middle schools. In a statement, JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey did say that the district works with police on all issues that potentially present a threat to the school environment.


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