JCPS responds to FBI memo on mob violence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPS officials are responding to an FBI memo sent to local law enforcement claiming a gang of middle schoolers is responsible for the downtown mob violence in late March.

The memo says the students moved to Louisville from Chicago and began attending Frost Middle School.

We contacted JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey for his reaction.

"The safety and security of our students is our top priority," Jackey said. "We share information with Metro Police routinely when we become aware of any set of circumstances that could potentially present a threat to the school environment."

Jackey says administrators are educated about warning signs of dangerous circumstances "whether it involves a group of individuals or a single student."

The memo, which was made public, says members of a gang are behind the crimes throughout downtown on March 22.

Some of the mayhem was recorded by a store's surveillance cameras.


The memo also warns of gang members talking about disrupting the Pegasus Parade on May 1. It says there have been "rumblings" about gang members "showing up in large numbers" for it.

Authorities say they are paying attention to the memo, social media and tips from the public, and are planning accordingly for Thunder Over Louisville and other events.

LMPD Chief Conrad had this to say on Wednesday: "Not knowing the source of that information -- it's a middle school student telling all of that information. So I don't know how credible any of that information is."

The FBI calls the information in the memo "raw, unverified intelligence."


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