FBI memo details 'YNO' threat to Pegasus Parade, gun theft

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by Renee Murphy/Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 11:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Louisville's police chief is responding to concerns relating to an FBI memo leaked to the public Wednesday.

A memo from Louisville's FBI bureau reveals raw and unverified information about Louisville's "Family" of gangs, a possible death threat, and plans to show up in big numbers at the city's upcoming Pegasus Parade. But Chief Steve Conrad says Louisville residents are safe.

"I have obviously seen the information from the FBI. I have no idea who their source is, how credible, reliable their source is. There's a lot of information in that memo that I doubt. But that kind of information informs us, provides leads and allows us to do the planning we need to do to make sure we're prepared for events that are coming our way," Conrad said.

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The memo reveals the characters that make up the gang called YNO, or "Young N' Off That," a group made up of mostly middle schoolers. The same group Metro Police believe to be behind the March 22 attacks throughout downtown Louisville. The information the FBI received is that YNO went down to the waterfront that night to fight another gang, when it got out of hand.

We asked if Conrad's department had been informed about YNO and related gangs before that night.

"I wasn't, but other members of our department were," Conrad said.

Fraternal Order of Police President Dave Mutchler says this gang activity is nothing new. He told members of the Metro Council Wednesday it's almost impossible to reprimand juveniles with the current system in place, calling it a joke.

"If the juvenile justice system and the courts don't, or can't do something to let these juveniles know that when you do something, it's not acceptable. You will be punished. You will be punished harshly and if you don't learn, the next time around, you will be punished even more harshly. They're going to continue thinking that hey, this is not a big deal," Mutchler said.

When asked if a gang unit needs to be instated into the force, Chief Conrad said that's essentially what the Viper unit is for, but there's simply not enough manpower to control these groups in mass settings.

The FBI memo says the group may be armed. The FBI's early information mentions a gun train that runs through the West End. The train legally ships guns to local retailers but YNO members have found ways to get on board and steal guns.

The memo says YNO's origins may have come from Chicago, involving a group of students who later moved to Louisville and attended Frost Middle School. But the memo states, the group has since spread to other schools.

The memo also details the gangs initiation that requires people to assault someone, often someone at random or a family member.

The FBI memo said the group has threatened the life of Anthony Allen's daughter. Allen is the man who stabbed 14 year old Me’Quale Offutt to death on a TARC bus. According to social media Offutt was a part of the YNO.

The memo also said the group plans on "going deep" at the "Derby Parade."

Festival organizers said they haven't heard of any threats and will follow the lead of the police departments security detail.

No matter the case, Conrad says his officers are ready.

"We will be prepared, as we will be for Thunder, for any contingency that might come along from the parade," Conrad said.

Another matter addressed Wednesday, allegations that LMPD chose not to report earlier violence on the waterfront, in fear of tarnishing its image. Mutchler put that theory to rest saying it simply wasn't true, that there was no evidence of a cover-up.

You can find the FBI memo in its entirety here:

 

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