Mayor Fischer releases 911 calls from Breonna Taylor case
Mayor Greg Fischer today released all calls from MetroSafe, including 911 calls, from the March 13 police incident that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor.
“I have heard the calls from the community and Council to share whatever facts we can as quickly as we can. And, as I have said, I believe that when we get the facts out, justice will follow,” the Mayor said.
“That’s why, earlier today, when my administration responded to a subpoena from an attorney for Ms. Taylor’s family for the 911 call made by Mr. Kenneth Walker, I decided to also release to the public all calls from MetroSafe related to this case. These include calls from neighbors and officers, and some of them are painful to hear. In addition to audio, I am sharing transcripts and timeline of the calls.
“And while the investigation into this case continues, I believe the release of these calls now is a necessary step to preserve public safety and to build trust in our city and our police department,” the Mayor added. “We all want the truth. We all want justice. My promise to you is that I will continue to share whatever information I can when I’m able.”
The Mayor added that the release of the calls follows numerous other steps taken in this case, including:
Turning the LMPD Public Integrity Unit investigation over to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, the US Attorney’s Office and the FBI.
Supporting the move by the FBI to conduct its own independent investigation.
With Metro Council, establishing a work group of public safety and community leaders to explore a process for a strong and independent civilian review of police disciplinary matters. Its first meeting is tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Changing the LMPD policy on no-knock warrants. In order to provide an additional level of scrutiny, no-knock warrants now require sign-off from the chief of police or his designee prior to going to a judge for approval. And, there will be further conversation on the use of these warrants.
Changing the LMPD body camera policy to require that all sworn officers, including Narcotics officers, have body cameras, except in certain undercover operations or other activities as described in publicly available policy.
Announcing leadership changes at LMPD, with Chief Steve Conrad retiring and Amy Hess, once the highest ranking woman at the FBI, being named as Chief of Public Safety, to provide an additional level of oversight to the department.
“More changes will be coming,” the Mayor said, “and conversation with the community will and must continue. My No. 1 goal, as I have said, is to get to the truth in this case – for Breonna, for her family, for our police department and law enforcement community, and obviously, for the entire community.
“This is a difficult time for our city and our nation. I know our city – all of us- have the right stuff to get through this together. It’s critical that my administration, AND the community, do all we can to learn from this tragedy, and use those lessons to strengthen public trust in our city and our police department. Only then, can we truly have public safety for all.”