Victory Park http://wfpl.org en Watch | Neighborhood Leader Confronts LMPD, David James on Victory Park Crackdown http://wfpl.org/post/watch-neighborhood-leader-confronts-lmpd-david-james-victory-park-crackdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Metro Councilman David James announced on Wednesday a crime crackdown </span><a href="http://goo.gl/maps/lyehq" style="line-height: 1.5;">in and around Victory Park</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in west Louisville.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 18:43:24 +0000 Joseph Lord 5598 at http://wfpl.org Watch | Neighborhood Leader Confronts LMPD, David James on Victory Park Crackdown Neighborhood Leader Troubled by Councilman David James' Crime Crackdown in Victory Park http://wfpl.org/post/neighborhood-leader-troubled-councilman-david-james-crime-crackdown-victory-park <p>Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6, joined police officers on a safety walk in the Victory Park area to alert residents about increased enforcement this summer, but neighborhood leaders worry the heavier presence will result in harassment and profiling.</p><p>Metro Police knocked on doors throughout the California neighborhood on Tuesday passing out fliers about cracking down on gambling, firearms and alcohol consumption in the park. &nbsp;The officers will also put a particular focus on drug sales in Victory Park, which has synonymous with a well-known street gang over the years.</p><p>Since the late 1990s, members of a group dubbed the Victory Park Crips have been involved in several high-profiled shootings and homicides in the city (<a href="http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=3144561">here</a>, <a href="http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?s=2197231">here</a>, and <a href="http://www.whas11.com/news/crimetracker/5-Louisville-indicted-on-murder-charges-171331921.html">here</a>) and are known to operate in and around the area.</p><p>James says residents are committed to taking back the park from gang members, however.</p><p>"Families that live in this area want to be able to be in the park without bad things going on in the park," he says. "They want to be in the park without people drinking in the park; they want to be in the park without people shooting dice in the park; and they want to be in the park without people selling drugs in the park. They want to be able to live in their neighborhood and in safe environment just like everybody else in this community."</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 21:22:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5588 at http://wfpl.org Neighborhood Leader Troubled by Councilman David James' Crime Crackdown in Victory Park