DOJ and Metro Government begin preliminary Consent Decree negotiations

February 20, 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Today at 11 a.m. EST, representatives from Mayor Greenberg’s office, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office and the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) met with the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to receive and review the first draft of the Consent Decree and begin preliminary negotiations. The DOJ has advised Metro Government that the draft document must be maintained as confidential. The Mayor and LMPD Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel are committed to being transparent throughout this process and will keep Louisville informed as updates are available, and as permitted by the DOJ.

“I am pleased to see progress being made on the Consent Decree as we continue to work closely with the DOJ on this effort, which I view as an urgent priority for Louisville,” said Mayor Greenberg. “My administration and LMPD will continue to keep Louisville informed about the work being done to reform and improve how our police department operates. These efforts are essential to make Louisville safer, stronger and healthier for all our people. The DOJ report was a painful picture of LMPD’s past, but it has pointed us in the right direction for our future as we make LMPD the most trained, trusted and transparent police department in America.”

“As Chief, I have full faith in my fellow officers who bravely serve our city and I see their commitment to protecting our community and building and repairing trust with those we serve,” said LMPD Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel. “We are continuing to work closely with the Mayor’s office and DOJ to identify how we can continue to move forward and better serve the people of Louisville.”

 

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