Victory Park

Local News
2:43 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Watch | Neighborhood Leader Confronts LMPD, David James on Victory Park Crackdown

Metro Councilman David James and LMPD Maj. Bill Kristofeck listen to California neighborhood leader Mike Ballard.
Credit Phillip Bailey / WFPL News

Louisville Metro Councilman David James announced on Wednesday a crime crackdown in and around Victory Park in west Louisville. 

As WFPL's Phillip Bailey reported, Louisville Metro Police were using support from James to tackle issues including drugs, firearms and gambling. The councilman was providing $11,000 in neighborhood discretionary funds to pay the overtime costs for officers in the area.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Neighborhood Leader Troubled by Councilman David James' Crime Crackdown in Victory Park

LMPD Major Bill Kristofeck and California neighborhood leader Michael Ballard argue about policing in Victory Park
Credit Phillip M. Bailey/WFPL

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.

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.  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.

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 (here, here, and here) and are known to operate in and around the area.

James says residents are committed to taking back the park from gang members, however.

"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."

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