Factorial! It’s my new favorite word. What are the odds of getting dealt a royal flush? What are the odds of a self-inflicted face plant?
Sytisha Claycomb, a psychologist and public protection coordinator at Louisville Metro Youth Detention Center, directs police to detain wayward youths short of full arrest by delivering them to a YMCA Safe Place on Crittenden Drive instead of taking them through the traditional detention process at Louisville Metro Youth Detention Center. Parents are then called to collect their children although the youths do not have to stay at the center. They are free to leave and return to the streets. That appears to be the current plan.
There is no evidence that residents in the area of the YMCA Safe Place are aware that youths detained for street crimes are then free to walk away from the center before their parent or guardian arrives to claim them.
Here is the Claycomb memo reprinted verbatim.
Flash Mob Violence
➢ Waterfront Park
➢ Big Four Bridge
➢ 1st Street from Broadway to Market: includes gas stations and restaurants that are open at night.
➢ Broadway from 2nd – 30th
➢ Dixie Hwy from Broadway to Virginia
➢ 32 Street and Greenwood Avenue
➢ People walking alone or in small groups
➢ Restaurants such as: McDonald’s and White Castles
➢ Gas Stations
➢ Tarc Buses
➢ Violent and destructive activity tends to pick up at dusk and last until about 1am. We have had incidents in the West Broadway Corridor occur as early as 5pm in the afternoon.
➢ Activity has occurred on weekdays but seems to pick up heavily on the weekends
➢ We anticipate the activity increasing during Spring Break and Summer when kids are inactive
Flash Mobs have become popular over the years. We have had several large events over the past two years where kids use social media to select a spot to meet up and dance or socialize. These events drew large crowds and were problematic for traffic and impeded businesses but violence was never the purpose or the outcome.
Over the past few months, violence has been an issue that has left numerous law abiding citizens victimized, some with moderate to serious injuries.
The kids we are finding involved are as young as 11 years old out without purpose or supervision. Some groups involve upwards of 30 kids that otherwise may be decent but take on the personality and mentality of the leaders that have every intention of taking part in criminal activity.
The major concern is that someone is going to get killed during an incident. That someone could be a very young child that is involved.
Parents need to supervise their children when they are out in public. We are not equipped as law enforcement to incur the costs of doubling our night and weekend manpower allocations in order to take kids off the street and search for a parent or guardian to take responsibility for that child and their behavior. That is beyond the limitations of our current Criminal Justice System.
Our current system is set up for alternate methods of detention for young people. We typically do not incarcerate kids unless they are involved in felonious behavior. Those kids that are charged with felonies are taken to our Youth Detention Center.
Misdemeanor crimes that may include: vandalism, minor assaults and theft require a citation arrest and release to a parent/guardian. The alternative is to take them to a YMCA Safe Place at which they are allowed to leave if they so choose.
➢ First and foremost we need parents to take the lead in monitoring their kids behaviors
➢ We need parents to keep young kids off the streets after 8pm voluntarily if they are not attending an organized event or working. This is the time that most Community Centers and Boys and Girls Clubs are closing and the climate in the streets begins to change.
➢ We need anyone with information on current or upcoming plans for this activity to call the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD. Serious incidents in progress should be reported by calling 911. If you have information on subjects that are responsible for any of the criminal behavior or appear to be involved, please call the tip line as well.
➢ We need to create a place that officers can take kids where they will be detained and supervised by trained staff that can call parents and have them come to a secure location to get them. We cannot continue to have the issue falling solely on the hands of our officers. It is very labor intensive and time consuming.
LMPD Enforcement Plans
1. We will temporarily provide additional officers in the problematic locations to enhance the safety of our citizens
2. We will spread the word through the media and all other outlets to bring the situation to light in hopes of getting support in bringing the violence and destruction to an abrupt end
3. We will work with churches and other social organizations to encourage them to plan supervised activities especially during out of school times
4. We will seek guidance from our judicial partners to explore options in changing the way our system operates as well as the possibility of pursuing more stringent laws for youth violators and their parents/guardians
Events that occurred on Saturday, March 22, 2014
On March 22nd between 1945 and 2145 officers from the First Division mid-watch platoon, DAP & VIPER responded to numerous runs that involved a large group of early to late teen black males and females. These individuals began their path of lawlessness at the Big Four Bridge with numerous reports of fights and at least two strong-arm robberies.
The first incident involved a white male that was hospitalized after he was beaten and had his wallet stolen by numerous black males as he attempted to keep them from beating and taking a 13 year-old black female’s purse and phone.
As officers responded to this incident, more “trouble” & “fight” runs followed.
Officers were dispatched and dispersed crowds of 70-80 individuals from the White Castle at 1st & Market.
As officers were clearing the area at First and Market a crowd of black males attacked a woman and her family in their vehicle as she was stopped in traffic on Liberty at First St. They threw trash cans at her car, kicked it and punched her numerous times in the face as her frightened children watched. This woman was hospitalized with lacerations to her face and unknown head/neck injuries.
Several others from this group of individuals ran into Bader’s Market at First & Jefferson snatched items from the shelves and fled the store. An employee of Bader’s suffered minor injuries after he was struck several times as he attempted to close the entry doors.
As officers were tending to victims and dispersing the unruly crowd that had congregated on the lot of Bader’s and the area of First & Jefferson an unknown number of black males attacked a white male at Third & Chestnut on the sidewalk. The victim was struck numerous times about the head and was transported to the hospital.
This was quickly followed by an assault & robbery of a black male at 5th & Broadway by an unknown number of black males. This victim was transported by EMS to U of L and “room 9ed” due to his injuries.
Just a block away at 6th & Broadway a white male was beaten and had his bicycle taken by the same group of individuals. He was also transported by EMS and hospitalized due to his injuries.
Officers were dispatched numerous times to the McDonald’s on East Market, Bader’s Market, White Castle and the McDonald’s at 2nd & Broadway on disorderly subjects following and during the above incidents.
Officers continued to respond to reports of criminal mischief to vehicles, buildings and property related to this group of individuals until the end of their shift.
NOTES FROM TERRY MEINERS:
—- The above memo was sent to social workers, corrections officials, judicial associates, and law enforcement personnel via LMPD Deputy Chief Yvette Gentry. Ms. Claycomb’s guide sheet appears to have been written in late February but it was sent this week following the downtown violence. It is unknown if Col. Gentry wrote the synopsis of the March 22nd violence that follows the section marked “LMPD Enforcement Plans.” The email addresses of recipients and cell phone numbers for Col. Gentry and Ms. Claycomb were redacted.
—- Col. Gentry’s email below illustrates her concerns regarding the current policy of allowing wayward children to walk away from the “soft detention” they are given at the YMCA Safe Place instead of full incarceration at the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Center.
From: Gentry, Yvette [mailto:Yvette.Gentry@louisvilleky.gov]
Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:34 PM
To: Claycomb, Sytisha; REDACTED
Subject: Important Issues with Youth Flash Mobs
I am sharing this memo with all of you in the wake of the increasing violence we are seeing from several groups of youth.
Over the past several weeks the number of incidents are rising and the damage and violence is becoming more severe. The most recent wave occurred last night when officers encountered about 8 different groups of kids, some groups had between 20-30 kids in them. They started in the area of Waterfront Park and made their way south and west. They left a trail of injured victims and damage to businesses that you will find detailed on the last page of the memo.
We made one arrest from a robbery that occurred but were not able to successfully get our hands around the vast majority of the kids involved. We were reluctant to take officers off the street to find parents of the kids individually because there were some many incidents we were responding to at once.
I am looking to each of you for suggestions on how we can fill the gap that exists during emergency situations when we encounter large crowds of kids. With Spring Break and Thunder approaching, we must get a grasp on this issue and find solutions. We have a system in place for the felonious activity but have some holes in the less serious but equally alarming issues.
How can we create a place that officers can bring kids where they will be forced to stay until someone comes to accept responsibility for them without overwhelming our system? Please weigh-in!
Colonel Yvette L. Gentry
Deputy Chief of Police
Louisville Metro Police Department
633 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
From: Claycomb, Sytisha
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:51 PM
Subject: JDAI/DMC Steering Committee Meeting
Please see the attached agenda for tomorrow’s JDAI/DMC Steering Committee Meeting. Attached is a rough draft of our county’s “purpose of detention” statement. Please look this over and come prepared to discuss and hopeful flush out a finalized statement. If you have any questions between now and tomorrow please feel free to contact me.
Sytisha Claycomb, M. S., Industrial Organizational Psychologist
Public Protection Coordinator
Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services, LMYDS
720 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Office: (502) 574-6335
“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed”
-Booker T. Washington
by Terry Meiners
March 26, 2014
This is not a post about race. It is a post about a community’s inherent mission, the protection of its law-abiding citizens from predators.
The Great Wall of China is not a decoration. That wall, forts, castles, and foxholes were created for protection from predators. People who live in a community do so with the understanding that they will protect each other – or pay taxes to afford efficient protection – from those who would burst the order of the community.
When a person or persons within the community breach that pact, they are sent to another sturdy construction called a prison so that they cannot continue preying upon their community.
GHOST TOWN ON THE RIVER
In the 1970s, Louisville’s growth was stunted by the derisive term Strike City, a label earned from repeated union strikes at various companies. The River City Mall killed 4th Street businesses when the pedestrian mall led to more assaults. Thugs had omnidirectional escape routes without fear of surveillance from vehicular traffic.
Louisville will be known as Thug City unless it deals with today’s recurring issues created by sociopathic roving thugs.
Apologists immediately claim Saturday’s mayhem is an isolated incident. That reaction is based on ignorance of local history, or is an intentional lie to mask a colossal local problem.
There are no roving bands of thugs in the South End, Southern Indiana, Okolona, J-Town, Anchorage, or at Norton Commons, an artificially urbanized colony on the outskirts of town.
Why would anyone invest in the just announced $261 million Omni Hotel complex (plus apartments and grocery store) on the old Louisville Water Company block downtown? Who wants to buy a condo in NuLu or SoBro or along the waterfront if they must fear getting a broken jaw walking to a restaurant?
This is a simmering economic crisis for Louisville that must be solved or the fallout will mirror the 1970s debacle downtown. Today’s Fourth Street business corridor has improved beyond wig shops and costume jewelry stores but not by much. If downtown security remains dicey, there will be five more Norton Commons colonies built in outlying areas while downtown becomes the stage for I Am Legend 2.
NOTHING REPLACES A MAN IN A BOY’S LIFE
We’ve seen the dog and pony show of the local ministers saying that “these kids” need opportunities.
The opportunities are there. The parental leadership is not.
Left to his own devices, a boy will play violent video games, roam the streets, and inflict his will upon the unsuspecting pedestrian because the people who gave birth to him or foster him are insufficient leaders.
To some of these young men, the Grand Theft Auto video game is transferable to real life.
If there’s not a man present in a home, there needs to be a mature male influencer for every boy. Every boy needs structure. Every boy needs a male authority to show him how to be a proper man who respects the community.
Single moms work hard but they are not the only authoritative voice every boy needs in his maturation process. He needs a male to lead him, teach him, and empathize with issues only men understand.
You want opportunities? You have a multitude of resources like Big Brothers, Boy Scouts, YMCA, and countless others who stand ready to provide the strong male voice that illustrates to a fatherless boy how to be a man.
If anyone is unable to see that opportunities to study, work hard, submit to structure, and be a part of the community as life’s self-earned assets, then a strong male voice will teach the lesson until it is learned.
Otherwise that boy will be on the streets creating mayhem as a means of earning depraved peer acceptance that leads to prison or death.
In the recent case, WHAS-11 reports that one group being questioned by police is reportedly called YNO for “Young And Offensive,” a name not normally associated with good kids with healthy intentions.
TURDS RETURN TO THE BIG FOUR BRIDGE
Between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, about 200 youths wreaked havoc around the Big Four Bridge and Waterfront Park before breaking into smaller packs that stormed a store, beat pedestrians and car occupants, and destroyed property over a wide area in downtown Louisville.
Roving thugs inflicting mayhem on fellow citizens is not new In Louisville, even though Mayor Greg Fischer repeatedly tells media outlets that we “have not seen this type of activity in decades.”
Anyone who lives here knows better. A simple Google search confirms that serial violence plagues the city.
Don’t ask the city to keep information precise and handy. The LMPD interactive online crime map shows zero…ZERO…reported crimes at Waterfront Park in the past three months.
Former law enforcement officers posting online claim that Louisville police are told by superiors to assign crime reports from Waterfront Park to other downtown addresses to protect the image of the park.
A PERVASIVE PROBLEM
Adam Bader, a manager of the store stormed by thugs last Saturday night, told WDRB News that these rampaging attacks occur regularly. “It’s not isolated. It’s been going on for years.”
Bader said multiple police units have been called over the years to quell throngs of teenagers storming his store to steal and create mayhem.
The manager on duty at Bader’s Food Mart, Alvin Matthews, tried to close the doors Saturday before youths forced their way inside to steal and/or assault bystanders. Matthews also said these incidents happen regularly and that he had to call the police just two weeks earlier for the same issue.
WHAS-11 noted that Mayor Fischer’s claim doesn’t ring true, citing multiple prior instances of roaming packs of troublemakers in downtown Louisville.
A few years ago, a mentally challenged man was beaten by members of a roving gang near Slugger Field, adjacent to Waterfront Park. He was hospitalized with a skull fracture. The gang terrorized multiple people around the ballpark on that summer night in 2011.
VICTIMS ARE NOW TALKING TO THE MEDIA
A Facebook comment insists that the stories are “media hype.”
Ask Jim Henry, the 61-year-old man beaten last Saturday at the Big Four Bridge, if his wounds are “hype.” Ask Viola Loeffler, who was punched in the face while sitting in her car with her five children. Ask Ron Carter, who was pummeled by a mob of teens that blocked the path of the car that he, Loeffler, and the children occupied at First and Liberty streets. Ask the other people who were beaten for doing nothing more than strolling in their city during the early Saturday evening.
They all wound up in the hospital just for minding their own business on the streets of downtown Louisville. Their pain, shock, embarrassment, humiliation, and medical bills aren’t hype.
One woman parked her car on Fifth Street alongside The Courier-Journal and walked to Fourth Street Live for some Saturday fun. Only later did she see security video of young punks trashing her vehicle. Her repair estimate is for $4,500.
Yes, it’s all just media hype. Move along, nothing to worry about.
If this insanity is not reported then the 1% of societal perpetrators continue beating the 99% into submission. That’s not how a society rolls.
We tackle the problems head on so that the 1% doesn’t grow to 2% and then 10% and then 50%.
In an email from Louisville Downtown Partnership regarding roving packs of thugs: “Good people can find it difficult to resist when they are in the midst of a ‘pack mentality.'”
Any person who sees a peer beat an old man and then (the “follower” teen) walks past his crumpled body without rendering aid is not a “good person.” He is a heartless punk like everyone else in a pack that roams to beat people, steal, and destroy property. His inaction is inexcusable at best, if not depraved indifference.
THE MAYOR DOES NOT WANT YOUR OPINION
WHAS-11 quotes Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer: “It’s easy for people to be critical and instant experts when something like this happens. What we are interested in are people who are ready for the solution. It’s easy to be a critic from the couch if you are one of those people you can keep your thoughts to yourself because we have too much work to do.”
Note that the mayor said “When something like this happens” although earlier he claimed that it has been decades since Louisville has seen similar flash mob violence.
All we’ve heard from city leaders is a hazy promise for more patrols, additional surveillance cameras (just like Hunger Games!), and more ministers reminding these “good kids” that it’s not cool to punch a woman while she’s sitting in her car obeying a stop light.
It’s OK to do that in Grand Theft Auto, good kids, but try to remember not to do that in the real world. At least try.
HERE’S THE SOLUTION, MAYOR: THE RULES ARE MADE BY THE 99%
What sane person would open a business in downtown Louisville if the community cannot offer basic protection from roving packs of flash mobs intending to steal, destroy property, or assault customers and/or clerks?
Arrest and incarcerate anyone inflicting harm on others. It is the very mission of a community — protection of the law-abiding people from insane violence foisted upon them by predators of any age.
Don’t tell us they’re “good people” caught up in a momentary pack mentality.
These punks know that assaulting and stealing are crimes. That’s why they look around before committing crimes; they know they are violating the structure that 99% of the people follow.
Crush the criminality just like New York mayors did it years ago to save that city. Times Square was a war zone in the 70s and now families flock to it because it is a well-policed safe place.
Waterfront Park – the KFC Yum Center – Fourth Street and the entire TIF zone is Louisville’s Times Square. Protect the people who pay for these community enhancements.
Apathy, blurring police reports, or crying racism to avoid enforcing the primary community mission of protection is dereliction of duty by city leaders.
A friend offers this sage observation about Louisville’s simmering gang issues: “I’ve never ignored a problem and had it go away.”
UPDATE: A few days after this post appeared, Mayor Greg Fischer and I chatted on the radio about strategies and inconsistencies in current leadership methodology. HERE’S THAT CONVERSATION
A week after the rampage, the Courier-Journal printed this piece on successful strategies applied in other cities with roving gang violence.
It appears that Philadelphia’s strategies are working. Human behavior is consistent. Let’s follow Philly’s lead.
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Sports talk hosts Matt Jones from Kentucky Sports Radio and Afternoon Underdog Tony Vanetti launched the rivalry week smack talk on WHAS-11’s Great Day Live.
Hillbillies vs Drunks
WHAS radio script – 5:45 p.m. – Monday, March 24, 2014
THE BEASMAN tweak 16
PUT MATT JONES ON. AIN’T NO SELF-RESPECTIN CAT FAN WANTS TO HEAR WHAT A TRAITOR TURNCOAT HAS TO SAY ABOUT NO DREAM GAME!
BUT IT AINT NO DREAM FOR YOU AND ALL YOUR SNAGGLE TOOTH CARDINAL CRIMINAL BUDDIES, IT’S YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE, YOU BALD-HAIRED, SLICK RICK BUTTKISSIN CARDINAL CRYBABY FRAUD. I CAN HEAR IN YOUR VOICE THAT YOU IS A-SCARED TO DEATH, LARRY MINNER, AND IT AINT FROM ROVING BANDS OF TEENAGE THUGS BEATIN UP OLD PEOPLE IN LOSERVILLE. THAT’S JUST EVERDAY LIFE IN YOUR GHETTO, GANG BANG BROKE DOWN TOWN, RIGHT LARRY? DON’T LIE TO THE BEASMAN – YOU IS A-SKEERED OF FACING U UH KAY. YOU AIN’T SLEPT A WINK SINCE THE U UH KAY WILDCATS DONE SHOCKED THE SHOCKERS.
LAST YEAR Y’ALL NEEDED THAT WHITE BOY TIM HENDRICKSON TO SHOOT Y’ALL OUT OF LIMMIN’ NATION BUT THE WORLD’S GREATEST RECRUTING CLASS DINT NEED TO COME BACK FROM THE DEAD AGAINST WICHER-TAW. WE DOMMERATED THEM ALL DAY, LARRY MINNER, AND WE CRUSHED THEIR PERFECT SEASON THAT U UH KAY SHOULD DONE DID. TELL ‘EM TO THROW THEIR FARDY & OH T-SHIRTS IN THE SAME GOODWILL BOX OURS IS IN. BUT I AINT GONNA TAWK ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW CUZ WE GOT FILTHY CARDINALS IN OUR PATH. WE AINT PERFECT BUT NOW WE IS TWEAKED, SLEEKED, GEEKED, BUT AINT PEAKED. U UH KAY DONE WOKE UP AND NOW WE PUT THE WOOD TO ANYBODY THAT GITS IN OUR WAY.
AND LOOKY WHO’S NEXT IN THE CROSSHAIRS, THE FILTHY CARDINAL BIRDS, AND LOST VEGAS DONE MADE YOU A 5 POINT FAVORITE. FAVORITE FOR WHAT? SCHEDULIN CUPCAKES IN THE REG-A-LAR SEASON? THAT’S ALL OVER NOW, LARRY, CUZ Y’ALL GOT TO PLAY THE BIG BROTHER AND HE DON’T WANT YOU IN THE FAMBLY NO MORE. LARRY, YOU EVER SEEN A CAT COME IN THE HOUSE WITH A LITTLE ANIMAL IN HIS MOUTH STILL WIGGLIN’ AROUND TRYING TO STAY ALIVE? THAT’S WHAT CATS DO – WE PUT YOUR LITTLE CARDINAL BEAK TWIXT OUR CAT JAWS AND LET YOU SQUIRM FOR AWHILE BEFORE WE CHOMP DOWN AND PUT YOU OUT OF YOUR MISERY.
IT’S COMING AGAIN FRIDAY NIGHT, YOU GHETTO TRASH, SAGGY PANTS, NECK TATTOO U OF SMELL GANGSTER THUGS. WE DONE BEAT YOU LIKE A DRUM IN DEE-CEMBER BY 7 AND NOW WE GONNA CRUSH YOUR CARDINAL FANTASY OF “RISE AND REPEAT” BY BLOWING YOU RIGHT OUT OF INJINAPLISS. Y’ALL KEEP SAYING THAT LUKAS OIL IS NAMED FOR LUUUUUUUUKE HANCROCK BUT THAT NAME IS FOR ANDREW LUCK, THE INJINAPLISS QUARTERBACK. HE AINT GONNA HELP Y’ALL – THE COLTS WEAR BLUE & WHITE AND ALL THE LUCK HAS DONE SWUNG OVER TO THE WILDCATS. I LOVE IT. U UH KAY GITS TO END YOUR REIGN AS NATIONAL CHAMPEENS AND SEND Y’ALL HOME LIKE WE DONE IN THE FINAL FOUR 2 YEARS AGO. IT DON’T GIT NO BETTER THAN THIS. THE GOOD AND CLASSY KENTUCKY WILDCATS FANS GIT REDEMPTION FROM OUR FARDY & OH DISSER-POINTMENT TO PIMP SLAPPIN’ U OF SMELL RIGHT OUT OF THE TOURNEYMINT.
I SEEN YOU TWITTER TWEETED THAT THE ONLY THING ON ROBERT MORRIS’ SCHEDULE THIS FRIDAY IS “LESS MISERABLES” WELL GUESS WHAT? ANYBODY WATCHING U OF SMELL THIS FRIDEE NIGHT IS GONNA SEE “MORE MISERABLES.” WE DONE BROKE WITCHER-TAW’S PERFECT RECORD AND NOW WE GONNA BREAK SLICK RICK’S PERFECT RECORD IN SWEET 16s. THEY KEEP SAYIN SLICK RICK AINT NEVER LOST A SWEET 16 GAME IN THE NC2A. WELL SLICK RICK NEVER GONED UP AGAINST COACH CAL RIGHT THERE. FORGET THE NAME SWEET 16 – THIS HERE IS THE TWEAK 16 AND U UH KAY GONNA BUZZ SAW RIGHT THROUGH YOU NASTY RED-SWEATER-WEARIN, LINEBEARD, CROWN ROYAL DRINKIN, FOULMOUTH, STINKBREATH, MAKIN BABIES OUT OF WEDLOCK, FOOD STAMP CASHIN, OBAMA LOVIN, TARC BUS RIDIN, SKATEBOARD PARK GRAFITTI SPRAYIN, G.E.D. FLUNKY U OF SMELLERS.
BYE, BYE CARDINALS. AND WHILE YOU IS UP IN THE CHEAP SEATS IN INJINAPLISS JUST REMEMBER THAT YOUR TOWN’S ROVING BANDS OF TEENAGE THUGS IS PROBLEE ROBBING YOUR HOUSE, TAKIN YOUR TEENAGE DAUGHTER’S HONOR, AND SLAPPIN YOUR GRANDMA. CUZ THAT’S HOW Y’ALL ROLL IN THE VILLE. KENTUCKY PRIDE STARTS AND ENDS WITH U UH KAY. WE DON’T NEED THUGS REPPER-SENTIN US. GO CATS! GO CATS! GO CATS!
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