LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In an effort to curb further violence at the hands of Louisville youth, members of the west Louisville community opened up about their concerns Thursday.
"We don't feel like you all care and that's the bottom line, because you all are not at where we at," said University of Louisville student Rashad Mitchell.
Inside Sweet Peaches at 18th Street and Broadway, Mitchell, a member of the UofL African American Brotherhood and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated, sounded off about recent efforts to intervene following a weekend of teen violence.
"If you're not in California Park Community Center, if you're not there at Victory Park Day helping them out," began Mitchell, "you don't really care."
Mitchell and other Cardinal students opted to voice their concerns during a town hall organized by grassroots activists with Man Up.
"We want positive influences?" questioned a UofL student named Dominick, "You've got a whole campus full of them."
While the Man Up forum aimed to prevent any retaliatory violence following the dismissal of charges against Anthony Allen in the provoked TARC stabbing death of a 14-year-old assailant, attention shifted from blame to accountability.
"If you don't know where your children are at eleven o' clock at night, that's certainly where the ball dropped," said Katrina Dawson of Man Up.
"The mayor didn't share the intel that we, Man Up, received," said MeShorn Daniels of Man Up. "Yes, we know who they are."
"They're called Young N Offensive," said an unidentified Man Up member.
Man Up members said a teenage gang by the name of Young N Offensive, or YNO, played a role in the violent weekend attacks.
"When we identify these youth, rather than being so quick to punish them," said Jerald Muhammad, founder of Brothers Helping Brother, "let's show them where they're wrong, but let's contact their moms, their dads."
Activists said restoring peace to the Compassionate city would require a community effort to curb the community problem. Many advocated prayer play a role.
"We're asking for this Sunday to be a day of prayer in the city of Louisville," said Muhammad. "We're asking that regardless of denomination, that each pastor, each church take a moment and pray for our city to be healed and pray for stopping the violence."
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