Louisville Jewish Community Center targeted by bomb threat; Yarmuth calls on Justice Dept. to investigate incidents

03/08/2017 05:14 PM

The Louisville Jewish Community Center is the latest facility in the United States to be targeted with a bomb threat.

According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, around noon on Wednesday the LMPD 5th Division responded to a call of a possible bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center. The LMPD indicated that police, along with Louisville Metro EMS, Louisville Fire, and “some of our federal partners” responded to the call.

“The building has been evacuated and all occupants has been taken to a safe area. There have been no injuries reported,” a Facebook post from LMPD read.

The threats on Wednesday add to the more than 140 made against Jewish Community Centers, Jewish day schools in the first two months of 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said his “heart goes out to those who were made to fear for their lives or the lives of their children because of today’s bomb threat at the Louisville JCC.”

“I commend JCC leadership and first responders for the way they handled the matter and am relieved no one was hurt,” he said. “It’s a truly sad reality that this latest anti-Semitic threat comes as a surprise to no one.”

Yarmuth said he has called on the U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security to aggressively investigate incidents against Jewish centers across the United States.

“All Americans deserve the peace of mind of knowing that their leaders will stand with them regardless of their faith, skin color, or ethnicity. This fear and hate cannot become the new norm.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.


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