Mayor seeks to hold parents accountable

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Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In the wake of downtown violence in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for ways to hold parents accountable for delinquent juvenile behavior.

Fischer's spokesman, Chris Poynter, told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1isri9t) that the mayor is in talks with the county attorney's office and Metro Council members to find the best ways to do that.

Meanwhile, Poynter says 26 new cameras that are being placed in the downtown area in response to the violence that erupted on March 22 will be monitored 24 hours a day in real time.

"None of the (current) cameras are monitored in real-time unless there was a situation in which we needed to. These 26 will be," Poynter said. "We're hoping to have them installed and up and running by Thunder (over Louisville)."

Police have said that a group of teens assaulted at least four people at Waterfront Park before a mob of up to 200 traveled through downtown and committed at least 20 more crimes including property damage and more assaults.

In a letter to citizens Monday, Fischer wrote "we recognize the central role that parents and families play in preventing delinquency and supervising their children.

"We are exploring methods to hold parents/guardians accountable through legal avenues and are seeking creative ways to enhance parental involvement and responsibility."

Jessie Halladay, a spokeswoman for Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell, and Poynter said they have begun discussions, but haven't found answers yet.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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