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Louisville Purge: Police monitoring threats of lawless events spawned by movies

Could a real-life purge happen in Louisville?

The hit film "The Purge" told a night when laws were thrown out the window and everyone could do as they pleased without consequence. It ended up being enough to spawn a sequel and now real life copycats. The Courier-Journal reported on Aug. 15, 2014, that threats of events based on "The Purge" are happening in Louisville, Kentucky, and police are standing guard.

Police are indeed taking threats seriously as social media has been passing around images speaking of a "Louisville Purge" happening on the evening of Aug. 15, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Officers are ready to respond to these possible threats of a "Louisville Purge" on Friday evening. Police in both Louisville and Jefferson, Indiana. Twitter has been the biggest spot for the threats, but they've passed over onto Facebook as well.

The Epoch Times reports that some of the online pamphlets - altered movie posters from "The Purge" - have been passed in person as well.

“We’re going to take any threat that we receive seriously, particularly one that encourages and incites violence against our community,” Louisville Metro Police Department Sergeant and spokesman Phil Russell said.

For those not totally familiar with "The Purge" films, they tell the story of a 12-hour period every year where any crime is legal. There are only a few rules and they include not murdering high government officials and no huge weapons (ex.: rocket launchers) can be used.

There is no word yet on who may have started the threats of the Louisville Purge, and it's not even confirmed that something will happen.

Still, police are not taking the threats lightly and are going to be standing by throughout Friday evening into Saturday morning to make sure nothing happens.

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