Alisha Clayton, a resident of Louisville’s crime-ridden Newburg area, is willing to give police information they need to put drug dealers, drive-by shooters and other criminals behind bars – even at the risk of her life, the Louisville Courier-Journal says. But police need to respond when called Clayton said told a row of uniformed Louisville Metro Police commanders at a public meeting last night.
A wave of gun violence has hit the neighborhood, with at least nine shootings since mid-April, two of them fatal. Police Chief Robert White has stepped up uniform and plainclothes patrols in the Newburg area since the latest string of shootings began. He said that saturating the area with police officers is not the answer. The community needs to be part of the solution by giving police the information needed to put criminals behind bars, he said. “If you don’t tolerate crime in your neighborhood, you will not have crime in your neighborhood.”
More officers will be patrolling neighborhoods on bicycles, police said.