On May 27, Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Council President David James announced the names of 33 Louisvillians who have agreed to serve on a work group to research, debate and recommend the best structure for a Civilian Review Board that would add a new layer of independent review to Louisville Metro Police Department disciplinary matters.
The group’s members include faith leaders, law enforcement representatives, community advocates and elected officials from across the Louisville community.
“Creating this new layer of review is a critical step in strengthening the relationship of trust and legitimacy between public safety officers and the people they serve and protect,” the Mayor said.
Council President James said: “I am glad to see the creation of a civilian review board. This creates additional layers of oversight for LMPD, which is desperately needed to restore community trust and to ensure the police are not simply investigating themselves. I’m looking forward to the work of the work group as they examine different models of Civilian Oversight including but not limited to Civilian Review Boards and an Office of Inspector General.”
The work group is co-chaired by Metro Councilwoman Paula McCraney and Deputy Mayor Ellen Hesen.
July 10, 2020:
Members of the group met on June 12, and split into subgroups to study some of the known models nationally for civilian review boards, and as a full group, participated in discussing and debating which of the models – or a hybrid model – would be best for Louisville.
After that discussion, the CJC gathered each subgroup’s presentation and information and the draft summary and report of that meeting is now available for public review and input and has been posted online as of July 2. This summary was provided to the Council, the Mayor and the County Attorney, who will continue to work together on next steps, including the drafting of potential legislation to establish the new board. An initial draft of this Ordinance will be discussed and debated during the next meeting of this group on July 10.
The goal is to have a legislative proposal ready to file with Metro Council in late July, seek additional public comment and input, and there is a tentative goal to seek final adoption of this Ordinance by the end of August, first half of September. There will also be a plan developed to move forward with any state legislative agenda.