911 calls released from night teens rampaged Downtown


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 11:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Newly released 911 calls from the March 22 mob attacks reveal the chaos felt by residents downtown and on waterfront that night.

In one call, you hear a witness describe how a group of teens beat a man, jumped on his car and smashed in his windshield. It was one of more than 45 calls that came into the 911 dispatch center that Saturday.

Calls from witnesses and victims describe a group of black teens attacking people at random.

The first calls came from people on the Big Four Bridge and then quickly spread to downtown, where the assaults and robberies continued for several more hours throughout the night. You can hear the dispatchers, at one point, telling a caller, "They're all over the place."

"There was a bunch of black kids that walked by and hit an older white man and he was actually on the ground," one caller on the Big Four said.

"Are you at the Big Four Bridge now?" a dispatcher asked another caller.
"Yea, Yea," said the caller.
"Alright, it looks like we already have someone out there," dispatch said.
"I need somebody now. I've just been jumped by about ten guys...They robbed me, too," the man said.

"There's like several hundred teenagers messing with people at the traffic lights, cussing at them, spitting at them, running out in the middle of the street," another witness said.

"I'm on Second and West Liberty, and there's just like a whole group of kids that just ran into the street and they just ran into this man's car and started beating him up and jumping on top of his car, and they just shattered his windshield," a caller said.

Metro Police were dispatched to each location that night, but never caught the group of more than 200 teens in action. To date, they've arrested seven people in connection to the violence.