Mayor Fischer to host virtual Town Hall meeting focused on community conversation about the Breonna Taylor case
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced he will be hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting tomorrow evening to give residents an opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas about police and community relations in the wake of the ongoing Breonna Taylor investigation.
The virtual Town Hall will take place at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 28, on the Mayor’s Facebook page. Residents are encouraged to share suggestions, questions and concerns with the Mayor, who will be joined by Chief of Public Safety Amy Hess, Chief of Equity Kendall Boyd, Dr. Eric Johnson with the Galilee Baptist Church and Sydney Tucker with the Mayor’s Youth Implementation Team.
“This is a tragic situation for everyone involved,” said the Mayor. “My team and I recognize and respect the pain the Breonna Taylor case has caused and are working to rebuild trust and legitimacy between police and the public. It’s important for us to hear directly from residents on what’s working, what’s not working and how we move forward together.”
Mayor Fischer said he’s “heard the concerns of citizens and community leaders from across our city and beyond, including the need for transparency.” So during the Town Hall, he and Chief Hess will share actions the city and others have taken in recent weeks in response to the case, including:
LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit has turned its file into Breonna Taylor’s death over to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and to the FBI. The PIU investigation is not complete. But as other work is finished, it will be shared with the above agencies. In addition, PIU is available to follow up on any additional requests from those agencies.
The FBI has said they are doing their own independent investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine dropped charges against Kenneth Walker (reserved the right to bring charges pending further investigation).
A national search for a new LMPD Chief is beginning, in the wake of Chief Steve Conrad’s announcement that he will retire next month. LMPD Colonel Robert Schroeder will serve as Interim Chief.
The Mayor has realigned Metro Government’s reporting structure so that LMPD now reports to Amy Hess, Chief of Public Safety and former head of the FBI’s Louisville field office.
No-knock warrants now require sign-off from the chief of police or his designee, prior to going to a judge for approval. Conversations about the use of these warrants are ongoing.
All sworn officers will now wear and activate body cameras while executing search warrants.
The Mayor and Metro Council announced a work group to research and recommend a new Civilian Review structure. Their first meeting is Friday, May 29.
The city is implementing feedback received through the Synergy Project, where citizens and police officers meet to share concerns and brainstorm ways to improve public safety and police and community relations, and taking Synergy online to continue the important dialogue about the emotions and issues coming out of this case.
“We share one goal,” the Mayor noted, “to create safe communities founded on police-community trust and legitimacy.”
To participate in the town hall, visit https://www.facebook.com/MayorGregFischer/