Police planning presence pending Cardinals' Monday performance

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 7:45 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Louisville men’s basketball team is headed to the national championship game Monday night and Louisville Metro Police want to ensure safety in the event of their win.

After crowded streets near the Louisville campus and gridlocked traffic near 26th and Broadway, police are putting plans in place for Monday night.

Police said the majority of celebrations across the city remained peaceful, but they did have several problems in a two block radius on Broadway Street, which is where they will be focusing their patrols.

“We had lots of shots fired..shots fired in the air is still dangerous what goes up will come down, and it’s a life threatening situation,” LMPD spokesperson Carey Klain said. “We are going to let the celebrations go on, but we will probably be there focused in on that area we had problems between 26th and 28th.”

Police arrested 9 people during the citywide celebration on after the Cardinals advanced to the championship game. University of Louisville Campus police arrested one man for public intoxication. One man was also shot near 26th and Cedar Street, but police are unsure if that was related to the Cardinal’s win.

Police said they will have officers all over the city and are working closely with the UofL. The campus will close on Monday and Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. to get cars off the campus and for safety reason, because officials expect large crowds. 
 

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