Many Louisvillians on social media are already doing so, theorizing that Purge-related violence actually did happen, but Fischer and the LMPD are covering it up.
This travesty was LOLs for many, but not the LMPD, who had to weed out real threats to public safety.
Nor was it funny for business owners seeing a decrease in customers, or many around the country who started the #Pray For Louisvlle hashtag, hoping their prayers would stop these fictional mobs.
We’re quite fortunate that no paranoid shotgun-wielding citizen fired off a round at innocent teenagers taking a shortcut through his yard.
“We felt at the time that even though his post was the original post, we had more concentrated effort on the other posts that he had nothing to do with, on Instagram and other forms of social media, and we still took those as credible threats and we were prepared to deal with them,” said Mitchell. We didn’t know that the whole thing was going to be a hoax based on the other information that we were getting.” Mitchell told Insider he did not know the exact number of specific threats, but there were “several.” Asked whether informing the public that the original image was the joke of a child would have lessened the fear, panic and pranks on Friday night, Mitchell said that with “the information we had, it was prudent for us as a police department to take everything into account.
Not just his original posting, but the fact that there were other postings that we had no idea where they were coming from, and we’re still investigating to this day.” With “several” threats still being investigated, perhaps we should continue to stay vigilant and be on the lookout for suspicious activity.