Over the years, Louisville has become a city riddled with death and destruction.
Last year alone, Louisville saw its highest murder toll in nearly 40 years and a double-digit increase in shootings. 2015 recorded 84 murders and more than 350 shootings, averaging one per day.
The national murder rate is five deaths to every 100,000 people. In Louisville, it’s getting to almost 12 times that average.
So now, some of those who have been through the system are working to find a way to change it.
“It’s just like cancer. We have no real cure for cancer, and we, unfortunately, won’t have a real cure for reckless minds connected to reckless gun play, but we’ve got to raise awareness around it and we can’t just surrender,” said a former inmate who goes by the name Christopher 2X.
“From a police standpoint, we certainly are frustrated as is anyone. We do this because we have the desire to seek justice for people who’ve been victimized,” said Louisville Police Sgt. Phil Russell.
Police are using crime mapping to dedicate resources and track how severe the violence is in west Louisville, where most of the violence occurs.