LMPD detective addresses ‘sharp spike’ in violent crime following 100th homicide

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And we are. Thank you for joining us today. We’re going to do a briefing with Lieutenant Donny Burbank, who is over our homicide unit. He’ll, um, have a brief opening remarks. And then if you have questions, please put them in the chat, and we’ll get to them. Um, So, Lieutenant Burr brink, you want to put your camera on and go ahead and get us started? Yeah. Uh, just to make sure everybody can hear me. Your issues. Everybody good. Jesse, Are we good? Yeah, we’re good. Ah, game. My name is Donny Bourbon. Coming in charge of the homicide unit. I’m going to read a brief opening statement. And once I’m done with that, I’ll be happy to take questions and answer the questions that I raised late last evening. The city of Louisville experiences £100 side. Two young men were senselessly murdered in The family is grieving today with the loss of Unfortunately, this has become an all too common occurrence. In 2020 multiple families have experienced a son, daughter, mother or father. You can a fatal victim of violence. I had the opportunity to speak with a number of these families because I told them each and every time. I would like to reiterate that my condolences go out. While our homicides have reached triple, digits are non fatal. Shootings have topped 360 of 119% increase from this time last year. While you have heard the pleas from people far more important and influential than me, I believe it is time to come together. The end is unprecedented amount of models. Numerous calls have been made as to why we have seen such a sharp spike in violent crime. Well, I wish I were able to give definitive answers. Simple explanation is truly don’t know. This year we have been inundated with issues we’ve never experienced, from coding to protests. While these air definitely playing a role in the increase. I don’t believe we can attach this problem to just finish. Recently, we’ve experienced an increase in gunfire being exchanged between two moving vehicles. This was exhibited on the Lawrence Expressway this past Sunday afternoon. Two vehicles were driving down the interstate ID, a high rate of speed and firing each other, showing other disregard to the families traveling to enjoy the beautiful day. One of the occupants from a firing vehicle was struck by the volley around was taking University Hospital. Luckily, only one uninvolved vehicle struck by the gunfire and none of its occupants. Ranger. We believe the public needs to know about this so they could be more alert of your surroundings and ensure they’re keeping themselves and their loved ones say there are two specific rumors being reported lately, primarily over social media that I believe need to be first. The expressway shooting was not a D C. Sniper type. Attack, as I stated, involved true Babel’s that, for some unknown reason began a gunfight while speeding down the highway. Second, one of our recent homicide victims, David Balls, was not carjacked and kidnapped from somewhere in Houston, driven to the West and where he was murdered. Reason for this press conference to highlight the fact that meteor it, Ellen may be specifically the homicide are seeing the escalation while I’m there, working tirelessly to dress it. Having said that, this is merely throwing one small resource, a gigantic problem. The Police Department cannot handle this on its own. This is a community wide issue. It has a second in New Brel innumerable long out of people. This is a problem that can only be tackled together. My detectives will continue to try and provide answers to all of our families. Every single one of observing. We can only ask for the city of Louisville to assist us in this effort. Is one of the victim’s family member stated in the earlier It takes a village. Oh, now answer any questions I made, uh, one of the questions were David Boggs family released a statement today. Is there anything new you could tell us about the case? Any suspects yet? I believe that Mr Boggs is family statement Waas uh, pretty self explanatory. They, um they’re grieving in their own way, just like so many of our families are today. And they want to make sure that everyone is providing the same amount of attention, things that will help. That case is well of the mark space. I don’t have anything you want to tell you about a case, and I don’t have any suspect information that I’m aware of that I can share. I know that this case has been inquired about probably just as much, if not more than most of our other cases. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information that I believe if we released, we’re impact the community or cheap our case for means. Uh, I’ve got Can you give any info on ages of the victims in last night’s shooting on You? Horner’s off. This is the one who releases all victim identification You do not do that is to ensure that all family members been contacted properly. They’ve been notified. They’re not let there not being told their loved ones that for the news, I can’t divulge any information about that regard to the names or the agents victims from last night’s shooting One said any sense of what kind of disputes have led to most shootings this year. What percentage of personal beasts and how many are related to organized crime gang activity. That question comes up quite a bit, and the answer to that is way. Don’t have an accurate number. No, we will have it that is going to be dependent on cooperation from the victims. Ah, walk racing community receiving information that weaken. Put the case and close it. Then we can answer those questions, however far too minions cases, especially our nonfatal shootings. We have Jenkinson, don’t cooperate, no one provide us any information, which makes it extremely difficult for the detectives to do their job and provide the answers that no, only you will ask, but several other people has to. We cannot provide that. And I don’t feel like it’s a I don’t feel like that is a simple problem. The gang activity organized crime, I think today Is that over used tool that we’re gonna rely on to say we have a gang problem. Therefore, we have multiple gang shoes. I truly don’t think it is that easy to say. I think it is a much more complex answer with a lot of moving parts. They’re just trying to blame it on one small issue. Are there any leads or info on the servant taste? Were training Randolph. We have detectives that are diligently working on this case as we speak. Luckily, this year we’ve been provided with some additional resource is that we haven’t had in the past. We have agents from the department about all the back of firearms who have been assisting us with our investigations due to the joint nature of what they do it, will you do? We’re throwing every resource when you have not just at the Trinity, training the rain on Haysbert in all of our bases, that three year old. I mean, that is a devastating case, and it’s very but so are so many other ones that come before that. We want to make sure that Trinity, her family, provide answers where I would also like to make sure that people like Elden Smith his family were provided. It’s a lot of people out here there questioning why they lost the level in so early Now. I believe it’s our responsibility, our duty to provide them with over answers in general. Do you believe a high number of shootings in ball teens or younger adult behind the trigger high number of middens have been you? I would say that’s a very accurate state. I believe that we do have a higher than usual number of young adults and jeans being Victor’s. I can assume it is possible that a high number of the people behind the gun on Gino’s also I, which leads into unrest questioning out of the 90 or 100 homicides at this year. Uh, you closed 31. We’ve had some juveniles involved with those homicides as’s faras The shooting ago you have had, as I said, over 360 so hard this year, we’ve been able to bear 40 of those in the reasoning. Behind that is Spain’s across the board. There’s no one issue as to what is causing this. Some are beefs. Summer arguments, conflict resolution seems to be a thing of the past. People don’t talk their problems out. Fistfights seemed to be a thing of the past. You don’t have these. It’s a It’s a younger generation thing, Samuel. I can answer that question, but it just appears the conflict resolution in the ability to work mood difficulties out without using deadly instrument. It seems like it’s long all the way. So do you think we’re been shootings related? That other Sheen’s have contributed to the high number of homicides. I think that there’s a possibility that I know I’m not going to say that’s the most contributing factor, but I think we would be silly not to looking to that type of possibility. Hopefully, no, out of all the open homicides we have that we’re able to flow some of these cases and that I could give you a definitive answer as to what we’re Costis. Luckily through, lfpb entered the 18 year and through a lot of the other resource is that have been doing recently. There are a lot of intelligence analysts involved with these. I’m hoping that by utilizing intelligence analysts along with several other investigative tools, that might help us to be able to concentrate more on the crimes that I think will have an impact on our overall ball it on numbers, which I think what we’re really trying to cost trade on right now. You know, there are a lot of a lot of different methods we use to close cases. A lot of different methods used to investigator are homicides or shootings. Uh, but the most important one is always in the community involved. That is the number one bang that will help us be able to close case. And everybody has. Everybody has skin in the game. Every single person, that city is skin in the game. You all have skin in the game. The reporters, they’re accused of his press conference, every one of you all you are seeing this the same way you do roll are living in this community. My guys Oh my Tadeusz On my sergeant’s Everybody who works with were all members of this community. This is impacting every single woman’s. This is unprecedented. As I said earlier, this is something that we’ve never seen. And to be honest with you, I hope that we never see it again. You believe in mistrust of police by communities impacted by shooting. Makes your partner Lisa solve cases. I mean, it’s possibility. I understand that there is a mistrust among, uh, community in the police department right now. Unfortunately, my unit, it be where we are seeing the families that are impacted by this more than anybody else. And luckily, this year we developed really good relationships within the George of our families. And it doesn’t matter what color scheme they have or what their demographic is. What they’re poverty level years or their wealth levelers it doesn’t. It doesn’t play into this. It doesn’t matter to us. We don’t care about. What we care about is that we have a family that is desperately seeking answers. We want to provide those interests. Oh, so yeah, there might be in this trust between the community and the free support. And the only way that I can say for some part of our way of doing this in the homicide unit is we have an anonymous tip line. You don’t feel comfortable calling us and talking to us about this. I understand. Heard only anonymous Cipla. Let us follow up on the tips that you need. Let us buy back some of the credibility in these communities. Let us show you that. Oh, this everything is going on in the country and specifically in our community. It’s not is important to us as making sure that loved ones get answers. And then we can potentially keep another family from happy experience with so many other frames have had to experience this year, Uh, Mr White details circumstances, the balls case these If you can feel like I’ve covered that Mr Barnes cases tragic 100%. This case is tragic. Soar the 99 other victims out here. Their case is tragic. I know that Mr Boggs has received a tremendous amount of, uh, coverage by I believe that each one of the victims that we have deserve the exact same amount of coverage because their families are suffering too. Yeah. You like Mr Balls? Family statement Kind of corroborated what I’m saying. All right. I think we’ve reached the end of the questions and we’ll wrap it up now.

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LMPD detective addresses ‘sharp spike’ in violent crime following 100th homicide

A Louisville Metro police detective held a news conference Tuesday give up updates on multiple shootings and homicides that have happened recently across the city.LMPD Homicide Unit Lt. Donny Burbrink started it off with some statistics. He said Louisville’s fatal shootings are in the triple digits, and non-fatal shootings are up 119% from this time last year. “It’s time for the community to come together and end this unprecedented amount of violence,” he saidBurbrink said many people are speculating as to why the city has seen such a sharp spike in violent crime and he said the simple answer is, “we truly don’t know.””This year we have been inundated with issues we’ve never experienced, from COVID to protest. While theses are definitely playing a role in the increase, I don’t believe we can attach this problem to just one issue,” Burbrink said.Kathleen Parks is the president of the local chapter of the National Action Network. The group held several forums in 2019 to address gun violence in the city. The issue hit close to home for Parks last week when a man was found shot to death behind her childhood home in the Chickasaw neighborhood.”I literally saw this young man on the ground with a hole in his chest. 19-years-old. It was very disturbing to me,” Parks said.With many cases still unsolved, Burbrink says he fears they may not be getting as many tips as they’d like due to mistrust of the police. “They’re very very fearful of the police because of what the see on TV and what they witness personally in their own community,” Parks said.Parks says it’s going to take police reform to help bridge that gap, but also believes there needs to be community reform to address the systemic racism that exists especially in the west end.”What needs to happen is a rebuilding of the communities through economic initiatives, through a creation of business training incubators where young people can be trained in all areas of business,” Parks said.But Parks says to do that it will take buy-in from the entire community.”In order for us to take our communities back it’s going to take all of us, every neighborhood, block by block, brick by brick, person by person,” Parks said.Burbrink reminded people that the anonymous tip line is available for anyone who doesn’t want to deal with police directly.”If you don’t feel comfortable calling us and talking to us about this I understand. Put it on the anonymous tip line. Let us follow up on some of the tips that you’re willing to provide us. Let us buy back some of the credibility in these communities,” Burbrink said.During the news conference, Burbrink mentioned several recent cases and cleared up some misinformation. He addresses a shooting on the Watterson Expressway, saying two vehicles were in a gun fight — it was not some type of sniper attack.Recently, a man named David Boggs was shot to death and rumors have swirled about what happened leading up to it. Burbrink said he was not carjacked or kidnapped. Police have previously said he was shot during some type of arranged purchase.He was also asked about the Trinity Randolph, a 3 year old shot to death, along with her father, in the Jacobs neighborhood last week. Burbrink didn’t have an update on the case, but said LMPD was working hard to solve it.

A Louisville Metro police detective held a news conference Tuesday give up updates on multiple shootings and homicides that have happened recently across the city.

LMPD Homicide Unit Lt. Donny Burbrink started it off with some statistics. He said Louisville’s fatal shootings are in the triple digits, and non-fatal shootings are up 119% from this time last year.

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“It’s time for the community to come together and end this unprecedented amount of violence,” he said

Burbrink said many people are speculating as to why the city has seen such a sharp spike in violent crime and he said the simple answer is, “we truly don’t know.”

“This year we have been inundated with issues we’ve never experienced, from COVID to protest. While theses are definitely playing a role in the increase, I don’t believe we can attach this problem to just one issue,” Burbrink said.

Kathleen Parks is the president of the local chapter of the National Action Network. The group held several forums in 2019 to address gun violence in the city. The issue hit close to home for Parks last week when a man was found shot to death behind her childhood home in the Chickasaw neighborhood.

“I literally saw this young man on the ground with a hole in his chest. 19-years-old. It was very disturbing to me,” Parks said.

With many cases still unsolved, Burbrink says he fears they may not be getting as many tips as they’d like due to mistrust of the police.

“They’re very very fearful of the police because of what the see on TV and what they witness personally in their own community,” Parks said.

Parks says it’s going to take police reform to help bridge that gap, but also believes there needs to be community reform to address the systemic racism that exists especially in the west end.

“What needs to happen is a rebuilding of the communities through economic initiatives, through a creation of business training incubators where young people can be trained in all areas of business,” Parks said.

But Parks says to do that it will take buy-in from the entire community.

“In order for us to take our communities back it’s going to take all of us, every neighborhood, block by block, brick by brick, person by person,” Parks said.

Burbrink reminded people that the anonymous tip line is available for anyone who doesn’t want to deal with police directly.

“If you don’t feel comfortable calling us and talking to us about this I understand. Put it on the anonymous tip line. Let us follow up on some of the tips that you’re willing to provide us. Let us buy back some of the credibility in these communities,” Burbrink said.

During the news conference, Burbrink mentioned several recent cases and cleared up some misinformation. He addresses a shooting on the Watterson Expressway, saying two vehicles were in a gun fight — it was not some type of sniper attack.

Recently, a man named David Boggs was shot to death and rumors have swirled about what happened leading up to it. Burbrink said he was not carjacked or kidnapped. Police have previously said he was shot during some type of arranged purchase.

He was also asked about the Trinity Randolph, a 3 year old shot to death, along with her father, in the Jacobs neighborhood last week. Burbrink didn’t have an update on the case, but said LMPD was working hard to solve it.

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