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Additional security cameras to be installed after weekend violence

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – In response to weekend violence Mayor Greg Fischer ordered for 24 additional security cameras to be placed in Waterfront Park and on the Big Four Bridge.

During a news conference Wednesday, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad was careful to make a connection between the assaults involving teens the same night a large group gathered at Waterfront Park honoring 14-year-old Me'Quale Offutt who died from injuries after a fight on a TARC bus.

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"There had been an effort at Waterfront Park to honor Me'Quale.  And then we ended up with what we ended up with," LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said.

During a news conference about the crime and TARC surveillance video, Chief Conrad applauded metro government's recent investment in more security cameras.

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The first phase of the camera expansion at Waterfront Park will be installed and working before Thunder Over Louisville, set for Saturday, April 12.

The Waterfront cameras, including cost of installation and running the necessary fiber connections, will cost approximately $227,000. The cameras will be installed in strategic locations to ensure the widest possible coverage, including at parking lots, playground areas, the Big Four Bridge and all large open grassy areas.

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"Cameras are an important tool in helping anticipate and potentially prevent violence like what our community experienced last weekend — they have been shown to be effective in other communities," Fischer said. "Cameras alone won't prevent crime, but they will help."

The mayor's office said the cameras are one of several steps the city is taking in response to the weekend violence. The police are increasing patrols downtown on foot, on bike, on horseback and in cruisers.

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