Task force looks for answers after May 17 violence


by Renee Murphy


Posted on October 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 8:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A task force on a mission. Tuesday they shared their ideas with students at the University of Louisville. They stressed the importance of Louisville's younger residents taking ownership of their communities.

“I don't for see how in the near future we can turn this thing around in any significant way. Young individuals have to buy into the whole idea of being advocates,” Christopher 2X, community activist, said.

The May 17 shootings in West Louisville energized a community conversation that had stalled over recent years.

Two men were murdered after a shootout in the streets in a heavily residential area in the middle of the afternoon. Then one woman was murdered right in front of police.

The anti-violence task force is looking for answers and will file a comprehensive report with the Mayor in the coming weeks.
But the Urban League already did a similar study in 2002.

“We didn't have the buy. And the great thing about what is going on now is the buy in from the top leaders of our community,” Ben Richmond from Louisville’s Urban League said.

With the "buy in" now in place the task force is addressing five main issues.

They are looking at community re-building, education, the economy, criminal justice and public health. They also want people to understand this is not just a West End issue.

“Their only view of the city comes from what is publicized which is that this portion of the community is disproportionately violent. That impacts all of us if we don't recruit new businesses into our community; we don't benefit from the new taxes of the new businesses,” LaQuandra Nesbitt, Metro Louisville Health Director said.