LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Metro Police have made several arrests in connections to the violence that erupted in downtown Louisville Saturday night, March 22.
“The behavior that took place Saturday night is unacceptable, it’s intolerable, the people that were behind the problem will be held accountable,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.
More arrests could come after a large group, which appeared to be mostly juveniles, gathered at Waterfront Park. Police said the gathering was held in remembrance of Me’Quale Offutt, who was killed after being stabbed on a TARC bus in Louisville. Police say the gathering got out of control.
Mobs of people from the group raided a convenience store, robbed and assaulted several people throughout many parts of downtown Louisville.
“We’re taking this personal,” Metro Police Chief Steven Conrad said. “We are going to hold people accountable for their behaviors. We are going to address problems in this community proactively. But the truth is police cannot do it all.”
Conrad says he will be beefing up police presence at various events. The mayor’s Safe and Healthy Community Team is asking parents to be more aware of where their children are at night.
Tuesday, the mayor brought his team together to figure out a solution to preventing outbreaks like the one from Saturday night.
“When uncivil behavior takes place in our community, every neighborhood in our community deserves to be a safe neighborhood, whether it’s downtown, South Louisville, West Louisville, East Louisville,” Fischer said. “And we are all committed to that 24/7 as well.”