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Is Louisville Metro's plan to fight crime working?

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Councilman David James (D-District 6) Councilman David James (D-District 6)
Mayor Greg Fischer Mayor Greg Fischer
Christopher 2X Christopher 2X
Anthony Smith Anthony Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – December 3, 2013 was one of the most violent days in Louisville in more than a year. It brought back memories of the shooting on the afternoon of May 17, 2012 that left three people dead.

"It depresses me, it angers me, it makes me say why?" Louisville Metro Council member David James (D-District 6).

In response to that 2012 shooting, Mayor Greg Fischer put together a violent crime task force - a 37 person team that we discovered isn't together anymore. The task force did make a list of recommendations. The question: is it having an impact?

"It was a needed cause," explained Christopher 2X, a former member of the task force that has since been dismantled.

"If it's not happening to you, not happening to your family, then it doesn't resonate with the entire community," James said.

The Mayor's office said the task force was never supposed to continue after coming up with a list of recommendations. That plan included hiring Anthony Smith as director of the Safe Neighborhoods Department.

As the department's only employee, Smith's job is to help put task force ideas in place.

The Safe Neighborhoods Department progress report says murders are down slightly this year, but shootings are up slightly. Police records show more than 180 people shot in the city every year since 2008.

"It's a challenge to crack that number evidently because we haven't been able to bring it down in a reasonable way with our efforts," said 2X.

When we reached out to Smith about all this he said he didn't have time to talk to us. Smith did say he'd talk to us about the progress that's been made at later date.

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