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Louisville elevates security before Thunder Over Louisville


On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people will gather for the annual Thunder over Louisville air show and fireworks display.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people will gather for the annual Thunder Over Louisville air show and fireworks display.

It’s the kickoff event to the Kentucky Derby Festival.

But this year, it comes amid a recent wave of violence targeting people in downtown Louisville.

So what are police doing to keep everyone safe?

In just two weeks time, more than two dozen surveillance cameras have been installed in downtown Louisville.

“This gives us the opportunity to see Louisville and the Waterfront like we've never seen before. This gives us the ability to see things that we might not see until after it happens. But now we have a great tool for police,” said Chief Steve Conrad with Louisville Metro Police.

The reason for the sudden surge of security centers on the recent wave of violence that's spread throughout the city.

On Thursday, a letter from the FBI was leaked regarding their investigation on a group that could be responsible for this violence-- a group known as YNO.

The email says the group is 'armed in major way' and states: "There have been rumblings about YNO members planning on going deep at the upcoming derby parade. Specific plans for acts of violence or other criminal activity by YNO at the parade are currently unknown."

The installation of 28 high-definition security cameras is just one way Louisville Metro Police are addressing the problem and trying to prevent possible gang-related violence from breaking out during Thunder Over Louisville.

There will also be more than 1,000 officers on the ground during the heavily populated event.

All of this in hopes to send the message that safety is priority number one.

Police say the cameras can zoom in to magnify something by at least 30 times many of them are able to turn 360 degrees.


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