LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police are investigating after several videos from the Kentucky State Fair began circulating social media Saturday night.
One video in question appears to show a Metro Police officer trying to get a large crowd of fair-goers under control in front of the Kentucky Exposition Center Saturday night.
It is unclear whether or not the video, or the crowd, had any connection to a report of shots fired at the fairgrounds Saturday night, that turned out to be juveniles setting off fireworks.
WDRB anchor and reporter Scott Reynolds was among the many people caught in the chaos captured in the video.
Reynolds shared his perspective in a post on his Facebook page on Sunday, saying in part “I was afraid of what might happen and tried to defuse it. I started to yell as I tried to get the group to back away. The officer was eventually able to get out of the area safely. I am relieved that it all ended peacefully and hope that this type of situation never happens again.”
An additionalthat began circulating social media on Sunday appears to show a person in police custody being punched and kicked by several officers. It is unclear what led up to that individual's arrest.
In a statement, LMPD said it is aware of the video "regarding a police involved incident at the Kentucky State Fair."
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad has launched a Professional Standards Unit investigation into the video, according to the statement.
Keep in mind that around this same time @kystatepolice said groups of teenagers were gathering at setting off fireworks. Investigators are looking into reports that a teen DID fire a gunshot into the air. @WDRBNews— Travis Ragsdale (@TravisRagsdale) August 18, 2019
There are several videos floating around out there. One shows an officer shoving and yelling.This video appears to show an @LMPD officer throw someone to the ground and then begins punching that person. Unclear what happened before or after this video. @WDRBNews pic.twitter.com/57SvdWNBDV— Travis Ragsdale (@TravisRagsdale) August 18, 2019
Here’s @LMPD statement on what happened at fair last night:“LMPD is aware of the video circulating on social media regarding a police involved incident at the Kentucky State Fair last night. Chief Conrad has initiated a Professional Standard Unit investigation into the matter.”— Travis Ragsdale (@TravisRagsdale) August 18, 2019
Kentucky Venues, the organization that operates the fairgrounds issued the following statement:
"Since Saturday night, our management team has been in constant dialogue to incorporate those incidents in our ongoing discussions regarding the safety and security at the Kentucky State Fair. During our meetings, we have been reviewing enhanced security measures, policy and/or procedures that will be implemented. The Kentucky State Fair continues to be a family-friendly event and we take any incidents regarding safety of our guests to the highest priority." - David S. Beck , President and CEO of Kentucky Venues.
No other details surrounding these videos have been released. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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