violence http://wfpl.org en How Did So Much Violence Happen Saturday in Downtown Louisville? http://wfpl.org/post/how-did-so-much-violence-happen-saturday-downtown-louisville <p>Louisville Metro Police are increasing their visibility downtown after a string of violent incidents Saturday night, but community activists say there are underlying issues that should also be addressed.</p><p>The series of events, via police, plays out like this:</p><p>A group of young people, perhaps 200, were gathered at Waterfront Park on Saturday evening. Some began assaulting and robbing a 13-year-old near the Big Four Bridge; when a bystander intervened, they assaulted and robbed him. Officers responded and broke up the gathering—and that's when the real mayhem began.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:06:53 +0000 Joseph Lord 8961 at http://wfpl.org How Did So Much Violence Happen Saturday in Downtown Louisville? News Special at 1 p.m. Today: Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad http://wfpl.org/post/news-special-1-pm-today-louisville-metro-police-chief-steve-conrad <p>Statistics point to a <a href="/post/overall-crime-drops-louisville-homicides-and-aggrevated-assaults-rise-fbi-says">declining trend for crime in Metro Louisville,</a> but concerns about <a href="/post/louisville-violence-prevention-work-group-makes-recommendations">violence endure.</a></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:29:48 +0000 Joseph Lord 7867 at http://wfpl.org News Special at 1 p.m. Today: Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad Where Homicides Happened in Louisville So Far in 2013 http://wfpl.org/post/where-homicides-happened-louisville-so-far-2013 <p>Louisville Metro had fewer<a href="/post/overall-crime-drops-louisville-homicides-and-aggravated-assaults-rise-fbi-says"> violent and property crimes committed in 2012 compared to 2011, </a>but <a href="/post/louisville-metro-police-chief-steve-conrad-we-have-more-work-do-despite-crime-decrease">Police Chief Steve Conrad is still concerned.</a></p><p>One reason is an increase in homicides and aggravated assaults despite decreases in the other crime categories. Conrad told me earlier this week that trends from 2012 appear to be holding in 2013 through at least July.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:00:51 +0000 Joseph Lord 6897 at http://wfpl.org Where Homicides Happened in Louisville So Far in 2013 Where Homicides Have Happened in Louisville in 2013 http://wfpl.org/post/where-homicides-have-happened-louisville-2013 <p></p><p>Last week, Louisville Metro Police officials gave the Metro Council an <a href="/post/louisville-metro-police-viper-unit-has-helped-reduce-violent-crime-first-year">update on the the VIPER Unit, </a>a new team created about a year ago to address the city's most violent persistent offenders.</p><p>Police officials told council members that the VIPER Unit has helped reduce violence. Murders are only one element of violence, but here's an update of how the city's homicide rate compares to last year.</p><p>In short: Things are about the same.</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 6477 at http://wfpl.org Where Homicides Have Happened in Louisville in 2013 Louisville Metro Police: VIPER Unit Has Helped Reduce Violent Crime in First Year http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-police-viper-unit-has-helped-reduce-violent-crime-first-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Louisville Metro Police's VIPER Unit has helped reduce violent crime in nine out of 10 areas they've targeted, and they've also helped with the confiscation of 270 illegal guns—half of which were in the hands of convicted felons, officials said.</p><p>Police officials updated the Louisville Metro Council's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday as the<a href="/post/lmpd-target-violent-crime-new-viper-unit"> VIPER UNIT approaches the one-year-anniversary of its creation.</a></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:29:34 +0000 Joseph Lord 6449 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Police: VIPER Unit Has Helped Reduce Violent Crime in First Year Strange Fruit: Poodle Assassin Cosmetics' Brandie Ford ; Violence Against Trans Women http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-poodle-assassin-cosmetics-brandie-ford-violence-against-trans-women <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F81491512&amp;color=4e0950&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>Brandie Ford, founder and CEO of <a href="http://www.mypoodleassassin.com/">Poodle Assassin Cosmetic</a> company, grew up in the <a href="http://gapersblock.com/ac/2011/01/21/strike-a-pose-underground-gay-balls-chicago/">ball scene</a>. Sat, 02 Mar 2013 15:36:04 +0000 Laura Ellis 4294 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Poodle Assassin Cosmetics' Brandie Ford ; Violence Against Trans Women Letter on School Violence Pits Paducah Sun Against McCracken Sheriff http://wfpl.org/post/letter-school-violence-pits-paducah-sun-against-mccracken-sheriff <p>A clearer picture has emerged of the standoff between the Paducah Sun and the McCracken County Sheriff's Office that prompted a school closure earlier this week.</p><p>Clearer, but not prettier.</p><p>Authorities now believe that a letter received by the Paducah Sun on Monday referenced an incident the previous week that had already been investigated. A couple of kids in Paducah's Reidland High School were talking about the video game Minecraft; their chatter about placing bombs—part of the game—was misinterpreted as a possible threat.</p><p>No harm, no foul.</p><p>Until Monday.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:10:51 +0000 Joseph Lord 3050 at http://wfpl.org Letter on School Violence Pits Paducah Sun Against McCracken Sheriff Steven Pinker: World is Actually Less Violent Today; Why? http://wfpl.org/post/steven-pinker-world-actually-less-violent-today-why <p>Cognitive scientist <a href="http://stevenpinker.com/">Steven Pinker</a> was the guest at the <a href="http://www.kentuckyauthorforum.com/">Kentucky Author Forum</a> on Oct. 2, 2012, interviewed by <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/talk-of-the-nation/">NPR's Neal Conan</a>.&nbsp; Pinker is a Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:21:11 +0000 Brad Yost 1931 at http://wfpl.org Steven Pinker: World is Actually Less Violent Today; Why? Crisis Response Team Seeks Volunteers http://wfpl.org/post/crisis-response-team-seeks-volunteers <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Volunteers are being asked to join the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team as part of Louisville&rsquo;s new violence prevention initiative.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:28:41 +0000 Devin Katayama 848 at http://wfpl.org Crisis Response Team Seeks Volunteers