Gov. Bevin announces plan to stop crime in Louisville

Gov. Bevin delivers violence reduction plan

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Addressing violence in Louisville, Governor Matt Bevin announced his plan to stop crime from happening in Louisville at a meeting held at Western Middle School.

The plan, as described by Bevin, includes asking faith-based volunteers to walk adopted blocks in the five zip codes where he said the majority of murders have taken place over the past few years.

He designated 40203, 40210, 40211, 40212 and 40215 as the target locations asking groups of three to ten people to commit to a full year of walking their chosen block two to seven times per week. The governor asked volunteers to pray for the residents during each walk. The plan is for each group to begin their walks at 7 p.m.

In recent weeks there have been several homicides, including that of 7-year-old boy Dequante Hobbs and more recently a shooting near the Big Four Bridge which resulted in in a homicide and others injured.

Several community figures showed up to the meeting, like Pastor Jerry Stephenson and Rev. Charles Elliott, who is known for Jesus and a Job.


The family members of Louisville children who were victims of gun violence were also present.

The reaction from those listening to Bevin appeared to be mixed. Some of the room gave Bevin a standing ovation while others shouted criticism.

A group of people walked out of the meeting after they said they didn’t get a chance to talk.


Bevin did say to those gathered at the school’s auditorium that his suggestions are not a magical solution but he is grateful to those who came with open minds and hearts.

Pastor of Highlands Baptist Church called the meeting a "waste of time" and said he was "embarrassed for Christianity."


Some leaving the meeting said they were expecting a dialogue and got a monologue.

Some questioned the governor’s unwillingness to add funding to programs that they felt would impact the rising violent crime rate in Louisville.


Bevin and Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton did take questions from people who stayed until the end of the meeting. The pair then traveled to Shawnee Park for a news conference in which the governor insisted his plan was a solution to a complex problem that needed multiple solutions.

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