What Louisville Has And Has Not Done To Meet Protesters’ Demands Wednesday, Aug 5 2020 

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is facing intense pressure from protesters and some public officials over Breonna Taylor’s death and its aftermath.

It’s been more than two months since protests for racial justice erupted in Louisville over the police shooting that killed Taylor in her home during a March raid.

The Metro Council is now investigating the mayor’s response into Taylor’s death as others call for his resignation. Fischer has made a number of changes since her death, but critics say key demands remain unfulfilled. Chief among them: Fire, arrest and prosecute the officers involved in Taylor’s death.


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Legal Question Interrupts Council Investigation Of Fischer Administration; Subpoenas To Come Monday, Aug 3 2020 

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A planned four-hour investigative session went off the rails Monday when attorneys for Metro Government officials invited to testify under oath said their clients would not speak to the Metro Councils government oversight and audit committee in open session.

Now an unusual legal question may stand in the way of an investigation into the administration of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer that the committee authorized last month — and city lawmakers have voted to issue subpoenas to compel city officials to testify.

Robert Schroeder, interim chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department, and Amy Hess, chief of public safety for the city, were scheduled to address the committee in a four-hour session Monday afternoon. The meeting lasted less than an hour-and-a-half and produced no new information sought by the body.


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Kentucky State Police Complete Investigation Into David McAtee’s Death Monday, Aug 3 2020 

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Investigators from the Kentucky State Police have substantially completed their investigation into the incident that led to law enforcement officers shooting and killing Louisville barbecue restaurant owner David McAtee.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office are also investigating McAtee’s death. Executive Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown announced the end of the KSP investigation on Monday, during Gov. Andy Beshears afternoon briefing. Brown said the investigation hasnt concluded anything significantly different from the sequence of events authorities have previously presented.

Theres nothing to suggest from the evidence collected so far that theres any significant different between the sequence of events and actions that was previously reported or captured on the videos, Brown said.


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Louisville Commences Search For Permanent Police Chief Monday, Aug 3 2020 

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The search for Louisvilles permanent chief of police is officially on, city leaders said Monday.

Mayor Greg Fischer said the criteria for who should lead Louisvilles police force has changed since eight years ago, when he selected Steve Conrad for the job.

The next chief must be someone who is really leaning into the issues that are required to build police-community legitimacy, Fischer said.


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New Memorial Will Honor Black People Whose Names Were Lost To History Monday, Aug 3 2020 

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Poet and author Hannah Drake stands near the banks of the Ohio River, looking from Kentucky across to southern Indiana. Drake, who is Black, thinks about the enslaved people who stood here more than a century ago. 

“You wonder what did they do when they werent working tobacco fields or hemp fields?” she says. “When they wanted to escape to Indiana, what were they dreaming about?” 

Kentucky claimed neutrality during the Civil War, but it was a slave state. On the far side of the river was essentially freedom.


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Cuban Community Rallies Behind NuLu Restaurant After Controversy Over BLM Demands Sunday, Aug 2 2020 

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Dozens from Louisville’s Cuban community gathered in NuLu on Sunday evening for a rally in support of an immigrant-owned restaurant that pushed back against demands for greater Black representation in NuLu.

The rally was organized after Fernando Martinez, a Cuban immigrant and partner of the restaurant group behind La Bodeguita de Mima, closed the restaurant at 725 E Market St over the weekend due to protests in NuLu. Protesters were demanding local businesses in this neighborhood increase the representation of Black products in their stores and Black people in their staffs, among other requests. Martinez, who has denounced the demands, said he was threatened by protesters.

On Sunday, Martinez explained his issue was not with Louisville’s Black community but with “socialism,” which he said he escaped in leaving Cuba for the U.S.


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Two Weeks In, Hunger Strikers For Breonna Taylor Reaffirm Calls For Accountability Sunday, Aug 2 2020 

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Water, coffee, herbal tea, vitamins.

For almost two weeks that’s been the full diet of four hunger strikers demanding further accountability for the Louisville Metro Police Department officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.

On Sunday the hunger strikers said they’re feeling the physical effects of caloric deprivation. But they also affirmed their resolve to intake fewer than 50 calories per day until the LMPD officers are fired and stripped of their pensions.


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ACLU, NAACP Sue LMPD Over ‘Excessive’ Use Of Force Against Protesters Friday, Jul 31 2020 

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The ACLU of Kentucky, the NAACP and others have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the city over what plaintiffs say is an excessive use of force against protesters. The ACLU and NAACP are representing several plaintiffs, including Kentucky state representative Attica Scott, who have participated in protests in downtown Louisville over the police killing of Breonna Taylor.

Rather than treating its peaceful protesters as important parts of the democratic process protected by the Constitution, the City of Louisville has chosen to forcibly silence them—often using military-type weapons and tactics that resemble those used by authoritarian regimes to stifle dissent, the complaint reads.

The complaint alleges LMPD violated protesters First Amendment rights to peaceful protest and Fourth Amendment rights to be free from excessive use of force when officers used crowd-control weapons and tactics such as tear gas, pepper bullets and batons on protesters.


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Interview: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Breonna Taylor Investigation, Protests Friday, Jul 31 2020 

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It’s been more than four months since Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police in her home while executing a no-knock warrant. City officials turned the investigation into Taylor’s death over to the state Attorney General’s Office in May.  The FBI is also independently investigating the case. WFPL’s Ryan Van Velzer spoke with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer about the ongoing protests, investigations and public reaction. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

Q: Are you familiar with the ongoing FBI investigation and what the timeline might be for that?


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Legal Experts Warn Against Allowing Militia Activity To Continue In Louisville Wednesday, Jul 29 2020 

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A panel of legal experts is warning that the City of Louisville needs to take legal measures to prevent further action by militia groups, including right-wing militias such as the Three-Percenters and the NFAC, a new national Black militia.

This is not protest in America, Mary McCord said referring to the convergence of opposing militias in Louisville Saturday.

McCord is the legal director of Georgetown Universitys Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), which was formed in response to the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. She was speaking as part of a panel Wednesday hosted by ICAP and moderated by NPRs Michel Martin.


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