Threats of a real-life "purge" that's said to happen this weekend during the Kentucky State Fair had residents of Louisville fear for their lives and police officials have taken the matter into their own hands.
WLKY reports police officials and the FBI are preparing for a "purge" that's due to happen from Friday, at 8:30 p.m. until Saturday, at 6:30 p.m. News of the threat was believed to come from fliers and posters advertising the crime spree. Coincidentally, the "purge" is also scheduled in time for the opening celebration of the Kentucky State Fair. WLKY reports other information points out that it will also take place in upcoming concerts and local high school football games.
Tiffany Stephan, a local resident dismissed the purge threats as being real. She said it's "nonsense to do some of the stuff from the movies like murders."
But the immense reactions over the threat have reportedly caught the attention of the police officials, the FBI and even the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) districts. According to WLKY, some residents have even decided to arm themselves in case it happens.
However, Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Phil Russell assured residents that LMPD will investigate "anytime that there is a treat [sic] that affects" the community.
"Due to circumstances that have trended nationally in regards to flash mob violence, in light of what occurred this past spring here, we realize that these things can occur in an instant," he said.
"If someone is threatening to harm members of our community, then we're going to investigate them and pursue that as best we can," he added.
Jeffersonville police and the FBI have reportedly also released a similar statement regarding the threat. Although there's no mention of "specific mobilization tactics," JCPS are said to be working closely with law enforcement and will act accordingly in case the "purge" does happen.
According to Inquisitr, Louisville MPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell also assured residents that they have nothing to fear since the department will be ready if incase the crime spree does take place. He claimed the department "take any threat seriously."
"Fortunately we're hoping that nothing happens as a result, but we're prepared in case something does," he said.
"The Purge" as described in IMDB is a 2013 Hollywood movie with its story set sometime in the near future, where crime is considered legal for a period of 12 hours. People will be allowed to commit murder, rape, and assault. Even theft is legal and inmates are being set free during that time period.