City leaders look for solutions after teen mob violence


by Renee Murphy

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The group of teens at Waterfront Park Saturday night first gathered to remember 14 year old Me'Quale Offutt.

Offutt was stabbed to death on a TARC bus last week.

But their memorial turned violent as the hundreds of young people converged in the heart of the city.

We have now learned from multiple sources that many of the kids that were gathered belonged to a group called Young and Offensive or YNO.

Their mission is to cause chaos.

It's unclear how big the group is but sources say they coordinate through Facebook.

“We take this personal. We are going to hold people accountable for their behavior. We are going to address problems in this community proactively,” said Chief Steve Conrad.

Police won't confirm if YNO is the target of their investigation.

But they have vowed to step up patrols in the evening hours at the Waterfront.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says his Safe Neighborhoods Initiative has been developing ways to combat crime through mentorship groups and introducing college opportunities.

“It's easy for people to be critical and instant experts when something like this happens. What we are interested in are people who are ready for the solution. It’s easy to be a critic from the couch if you are one of those people you can keep your thoughts to yourself because we have too much work to do,” Mayor Fischer said.