Actions taken by Mayor Greg Fischer and others

Details and timeline of the Breonna Taylor case

 

Recent Public Safety Actions

“These are substantial changes. But they are not enough, because Black Americans dying at the hands of law enforcement has been happening for centuries, and to really address structural and systemic racism, you have to reform the structures and the systems.”

— Mayor Greg Fischer

 

Working with protesters, law enforcement and community members, Mayor Fischer and others have taken the following actions:

LMPD PIU INVESTIGATIONS: To provide independent oversight, AG, KSP, FBI and DOJ reviewing LMPD investigation; FBI and DOJ conducting additional independent investigations

NO-KNOCK WARRANTS BANNED: Mayor suspended no-knock warrants, then signed Breonna’s Law to formally ban their use

BODY CAMERAS REQUIRED: Mayor signed Breonna’s Law, requiring body camera usage in execution of all search warrants

OFFICER HANKISON FIRED: As a result of his conduct in the Breonna Taylor case, LMPD Officer Brett Hankison was fired by acting LMPD Chief Schroeder. The Kentucky Public Corruption/Civil Rights Task Force is investigating sexual assault allegations against Hankison

STRONG, INDEPENDENT CIVILIAN POLICE REVIEW: Mayor Fischer and Metro Council established a workgroup to recommend the best model for an independent civilian review board with subpoena power, to bring greater accountability and transparency; In addition, the FY21 budget provide funding for a new Office of Inspector General to support the work of the civilian review board. LEARN MORE.

COMPREHENSIVE LMPD REVIEW: Mayor hired Chicago-based consulting firm Hiillard- Heintze to perform a top-to-bottom review of LMPD

TEAR GAS POLICY CHANGED: LMPD policy changed to require Chief or designee to sign off on use of tear gas

DUTY TO INTERVENE POLICY CHANGED: LMPD policy changed regarding an officer’s duty to intervene in the event he or she sees a fellow officer using excessive force

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST WALKER: The Commonwealth Attorney dropped charges against Kenneth Walker

NEW LMPD LEADERSHIP: Mayor Fischer relieved LMPD Police Chief Conrad of his duties, and launched a national search for a new permanent chief

911 CALLS RELEASED: All 911 and other calls in the Breonna Taylor case were released

PERSONNEL FILES RELEASED: Personnel files of the three officers in the Breonna Taylor were released within 24 hours of the incident

 


Taking Action to Pursue the Cause of Racial Justice

“My team has worked on this cause for almost a decade. Now, our city and nation have an opportunity to do more. America has faced moments like this before, but lacked the courage, will or unity to make transformational change needed at the local, state and national level. We must do it now.”

— Mayor Greg Fischer

 

REPARATIONS: In his first action as President of the United States Conference of Mayors, Mayor Fischer successfully pushed a resolution in support of Congressional legislation to establish a commission to study and develop a reparations proposal. SEE MAYOR'S LETTER

LAUNCHED BUILD BACK BETTER, TOGETHER: Metro Government launched a major initiative aimed at dismantling systemic racism and creating dynamic growth to help the city recover from theeconomic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join focus areas and learn more at louisvilleky.gov/buildbackbetter

EXTENDED EVICTION PREVENTION: Mayor Fischer and the Metro Council allocated $21.2 million to extend efforts to combat homelessness

PROVIDED SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT: Mayor Fischer and Metro Council allocated $21.2 million for small business recovery support

ONE LOUISVILLE: COVID-19 RELIEF FUND: Mayor Fischer launched a community-led effort to help raise $11 million to support households and non-profits hit hard by the pandemic, and the last round of funding was for non-profits that provided direct services to Black residents, had Black leadership, or both

NEW WEST LOUISVILLE INVESTMENTS: Mayor Fischer and Metro Council allocated new funds in FY21 budget to preserve home ownership, build new affordable housing, and combat vacant and abandoned propertiesNew Pathways for Disconnected Youth: Mayor Fischer and Metro Council allocated $1 million in FY21 to fund new efforts to support youth who are not in school or at work

EXPANDED SUMMERWORKS: Community members raised $1.3 million in a week to support hundreds of jobs for those ages 16-21, plus new tech training and a new Fellowship for Civic Engagement.  Learn more at summerworks.org

EQUITY REVIEW OF LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE: Louisville Metro Government has launched a complete review of the Land Development Code to identify and address land use regulations and policies that have inequitable impacts on Louisville residents

LAUNCHED LEAN INTO LOUISVILLE: In 2019, the Fischer administration created Lean Into Louisville to confront and explore the history of racism and its continued impact

POLICE/COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIP: Launched in 2019, the Synergy Project works to strengthen police and community relationships, and create opportunities to identify root causes of distrust and facilitate conversations that lead to actionable solutions 

REMOVING RACIST STATUES: In 2020, Mayor Fischer removed the monument of John Breckenridge Castleman, who served the Confederacy.  This followed Fischer’s 2016 removal of a Confederate monument  on 3rd Street and a statue of George Prentice in 2018 

CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH: Mayor Fischer ordered that Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery, be an official city holiday with paid time off for municipal workers

 

Energy Into Action 

“When you share a city, you share a future. That means it is time we all committed ourselves, more deeply than ever, to the fight for equity and racial justice.”

— Mayor Greg Fischer
 

Here are some ways: 

URGE your Congressmember and United States Senators (202-224-3121) to support HR40, which would create a Commission to study and develop reparations proposals for Black Americans

CONTACT your state legislator (800-372-7181) to advocate for more accountability and transparency in the investigative process of officer-involved shootings

JOIN a Build Back Better, Together team, so we can rebuild a more equitable and dynamic economy. LEARN HOW.

SUPPORT minority-owned businesses, like those listed at theblackbusinessapp.com

DONATE to educational institutions and others working to close the education gap Invest in west Louisville

CONTRIBUTE to nonprofits with Black leadership and serving the Black community

REVIEW your business or organizational policies, practices, and leadership structures to make necessary changes to support racial equity

ATTEND OR HOST a virtual race-based trauma training, through the Trauma Resilient Community initiative 

GIVE young people job opportunities through SummerWorks. LEARN HOW.

EXPLORE your family’s history – if you are white, how has your privilege impacted your life and others? Research how racism has shaped you, your city and your nation

 


NEWS

June 23, 2020 — Mayor advocates for police reform to bring accountability and transparency

WATCH

July 14, 2020 — Documents outlining the city’s multi-year work to stabilize and revitalize the Elliott Avenue

 

July 13, 2020 — USCM President Fischer writes to Senator Booker, Rep. Jackson Lee to express support for legislation on reparations

July 13, 2020 — Louisville Metro to conduct full-scale equity review of the Land Development Code

July 2, 2020 — Mayor announces Hillard Heintze firm to perform top-to-bottom review of LMPD

July 1, 2020 — Latest round of grants from the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund 

June 30, 2020 — VIDEO: Mayor Fischer's innagural remarks as president of the United States Conference of Mayors 

June 24, 2020 — Mayor announces telephone line to help residents with survey on LMPD Chief hiring

June 19, 2020 — Mayor Fischer announces initiation of termination procedures against LMPD Officer Brett Hankison

June 19, 2020 — Mayor Fischer declares Juneteenth a holiday for city workers, starting in 2021

June 17, 2020 — Mayor Fischer invites all Louisvillians to get involved in Build Back Better, Together effort

June 11, 2020 — Mayor announces broader review into allegations of sexual assault by LMPD officer Brett Hankison

June 10, 2020 — Mayor urges residents to participate in survey to share their priorities for new LMPD Chief

June 3, 2020 — Mayor announces external top-to-bottom review of LMPD

June 1, 2020 — Mayor Fischer fires LMPD Chief Conrad; two officers involved in David McAtee shooting are on leave

May 29, 2020 — Mayor Fischer addresses protest and announces new steps to address concerns about police-community relations

May 29, 2020 — Mayor Fischer announces more steps to improve police-community relations

May 28, 2020 — Mayor Fischer releases 911 calls from Breonna Taylor case

May 27, 2020 — Mayor and Metro Council announce work group to research and recommend new Civilian Review structure

May 21, 2020 — LMPD Chief Steve Conrad announces retirement

May 18, 2020 — Mayor Fischer announces the latest public safety steps to ensure more transparency and strengthen public trust

May 14, 2020 — Mayor Fischer, Police Chief Conrad call for FBI and U.S. Attorney review of Breonna Taylor investigation

May 13, 2020 — Mayor Fischer’s statement on the Breonna Taylor case

 

 


DOCUMENTS

PBI executive summary

LMPD PBI timeline

Elliott Avenue property aquisition 

Elliott Avenue project description (w/map)

Elliott Avenue project timeline

2424 Elliott Ave. timeline and supporting documentation