Cards Can’t Close at BC, 34-33 Wednesday, Oct 5 2022 

By Spencer Laws

One Point Short

This past Saturday, October 1st, Louisville lost what many would consider another easy ACC win. The Cards came into the game 14-point favorites, yet choked one away 34-33.

The loss was a combined effort by the whole team. The defense was lit up in the passing game, giving up 304 yards and three touchdowns in the air. Boston College receiver Zay Flowers recorded five catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, receiving ACC Receiver of the Week awards for his performance. 

Cunningham added to his already impressive rushing touchdowns total by adding three more against BC. His passing game still somewhat struggled, as he put up 19-28 completions with only 186 yards and a touchdown. Cunningham took a big hit midway through the 4th quarter, so junior Brock Domann came to close out the game. He is considered day-to-day.

A special teams miscue came back to bite the Cards as kicker James Turner had an extra point blocked in the second quarter. That kick would be the difference maker in overtime.

What Comes Next

With this result, it feels like the point of no return for Satterfield and the company. Many are up conflicted in the fan community about his coaching staff and play- some are already calling for his firing. One Twitter account even replies to U of L related posts “#BringBrohmHome

However, what good would it do to fire Satterfield mid-way through this season? With the outstanding recruiting class of ‘23 set to hit campus in the spring, how many of those recruits would de-commit with Satterfield’s exit? 

When Heird took the Job last December he came out and stated that he as AD wouldn’t settle for mediocrityCard Nation has their hands up right now as their football team continues to lose games week in and week out. Louisville now has 4 consecutive losses versus Power 5 teams, leaving us among the bottom 5

Meanwhile, you would assume to see some changes from Satterfield in the coming weeks as he attempts to save his job. In an October 4th press conference Satterfield stated that he’s “Got to spend more time helping all the facets of the game, particularly defensively and on special teams.” As for why? “Losing games.”

The Cards are back in action this Saturday, October 8th traveling to Virginia to face off with UVA at noon, on the ACC network.

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September Fall Sports Overview Wednesday, Oct 5 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Volleyball 

Halfway through the regular season, the team is ranked #2 in the country. Coach Busboom Kelly and the team are very much favorites for the regular season title. The team picked up right where it let off following last year’s final four run.

In the month the girls put together a very impressive 8-1 record and produced 4 ranked wins in the process, including a nationally televised, gritty win in Lexington against #13 UK.

The ACC is very much in the hands of the Cardinals, who haven’t dropped a conference game yet.

Men’s Soccer

Louisville men’s soccer had a really good month, as they finished September with a record of 4-2-2, ranking as high as 10th ranked nationally. The team scored a very quality 2-1 win against #8 Pittsburgh at home on Sept. 23rd. The two losses of the month came from two very quality squads, #5 Kentucky and #7 Duke. 

They next take a trip to South Bend, Indiana to face off with ACC foe Notre Dame. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier from there as Syracuse and Clemson take a visit later in the month. They finish off their regular season schedule with ACC Atlantic rival Wake Forest, who holds the top spot in the division currently. 

The team is in a very good spot with a 2-1-1 conference record and third in the Atlantic division. If the team can put some conference results together they will have a shot at an ACC title. 

The men’s soccer team celebrates a win at home.

Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer faced a very tough schedule in the latter half of September, facing back-to-back top ten ranked ACC opponents. However, at the beginning of the month, the girls pulled out a big result, taking a 3-2 win over #23 ranked Memphis on neutral ground. 

They followed up this result with back-to-back ties, 0-0 against James Madison and Indiana University. On Sept. 17th the team won their ACC opener against Miami at home, recording a shutout on the way to a 1-0 win. 

The team has some work to do after dropping three ACC games in a row. On Oct. 6th Clemson travels to town; both teams need a crucial win to get back on track in ACC play. 

Games left in their schedule include Boston College and Notre Dame at home, and then two road matchups in North Carolina against Duke and NC State. UNC comes to Louisville to close out the regular season.  

The women’s soccer team gets ready for their match.

Field Hockey 

Throwing up an overall record of 9-2 (6-2 record during the month of September), the field hockey team is another team that is putting up a very impressive national campaign. The 2 losses include both of their ACC games, giving them a big hill to climb with the end of the regular season quickly approaching. 

Nevertheless, the squad pulled out great wins against #4th Michigan and #13th Princeton. The team travels next to Winston-Salem to try and get their conference play record back on track with a win.

Other games in their schedule include Liberty University, Duke, and Ball State, followed up with a trip to New York to face off with Syracuse and Cornell. They close out their regular season with Boston College at home. 

The field hockey huddles together before a game.

Cross Country 

The Cross Country team has competed in two meets during the month of September, including the Covered Bridge Open in Boone North Carolina, where the men’s team finished 3rd, and the women’s team finished 6th. 

On September 17th the teams traveled up to Terre Haute, Indiana to run. The men finished 5th and the women finished 8th. 

The teams hosted a meet this past Saturday, October 1st at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park. This is where the NCAA Regional will take place at the end of the month. On October 14th the team will travel to Peoria, Illinois to compete in the Bradley Pink Classic, prepping before the ACC championship on October 28th in Charlottesville.

The men’s Cross Country team prepares for a meet.

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U of L Police Department releases 2022 crime statistics report Wednesday, Oct 5 2022 

By Joe Wilson —

The University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) has released its annual crime statistics report, showing drug abuse and liquor law violations to be the most reported crime. The report also contains data about fire safety incidents on campus.

Titled “2022 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report,” the report compiles police report data between 2019 and 2021. The report also shows data from U of L’s Belknap, Health Sciences Center, and ShelbyHurst campuses.

Reported crimes on Belknap Campuses mainly consist of drug violations, liquor violations, robbery, burglary, and sex offenses.

On the Health Sciences Center campus, there was a small number of reported crimes in the last three years, all related to drug and liquor law violations. Out of the number of crimes reported, the Health Sciences Center reported a general decrease in liquor and drug violations.

Additionally, there were no reported crimes on the ShelbyHurst campus.

Issuing a statement alongside the report, Interim Chief Steven Green said: “We will continue to build and grow. It is my honor and privilege to lead the University of Louisville Police Department. Our team is stronger than ever and looks forward to serving our community. We encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to be aware of the safety-related resources offered. Together we can commit to helping a better world take flight.”

U of L issued the report in accordance with The Clery Act, a federal law that requires higher education institutions to report crime statistics, and The Minger Act, a Kentucky state law that requires higher education institutions to report crime statistics to students.

The ULPD is a fully commissioned police department that receives law enforcement authority from provisions of Kentucky Revised Statutes 164.950-164.990. The ULPD works alongside the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) to report and respond to crime on U of L’s campuses.

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U of L to archive more than three million images in Bingham family, Courier-Journal donation Wednesday, Sep 28 2022 

By Tate Luckey

The University of Louisville is now in possession of the Barry Bingham Jr. Courier-Journal Photo Collection, Interim President Lori Gonzalez and the CJ announced in a press conference on Sept. 26.

“This event marks a big deal, a significant deal on several levels. This is a significant gift. Truly, a gift of history,” C. Thomas Hardin, former director of photography for the Courier-Journal said. And indeed it is- images in the collection date from the 1930s all the way to the early 2000s.

The Courier-Journal, in partnership with its parent company Gannett, is donating the newspaper’s library of photos and negatives to be archived in the U of L Photographic Archive. The collection shows not only photos and prints of everyday life but important historical images from events during the Civil Rights movement, presidential visits, numerous public images, and behind-the-scenes appearances of celebrities, including Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali.

Those from former publisher Barry Bingham Jr.’s family, including daughters Emily and Molly, made a separate donation to help preserve the photographs for public use.

A march done in response to racial busing in Louisville, 1975.

U of L photo archivist Elizabeth Reilly estimates for there to be about three million images- a combination of prints, negatives slides, sheet negatives, and slides. While the intent is to eventually open up the archives to the public, every image has to be digitized, scanned, cataloged, and then placed in expensive, climate-controlled storage, making the process lengthy.

“[The collection is] a treasure trove of images that document every event in the 20th century. What’s most notable is the capacity for scholarship and creative expression these images represent,” President Gonzalez said.

About Barry Bingham Jr. 

Emily and Molly Bingham, daughters of Barry Bingham, Jr.

The Bingham family owned the Courier-Journal from 1918-1986. The Courier-Journal has won 11 Pulitzer prizes throughout its history, including two during Bingham Jr.’s tenure- in 1976 for photojournalistic coverage of racial busing, and one in 1980 for international reporting on Cambodian refugees.

Bingham Jr. was known to have set a high standard for photography during his time with the Courier Journal. Many former CJ photographers and writers talked about how he prominently displayed his favorite prints on a big board outside of his office, and how he was among the first to digitize his own emails, photos, and letters.

“There’s no better way to honor his enduring legacy than by securing this brilliant historical collection by such talented journalists- I’m sure he’s smiling up there somewhere twirling his fabulous handlebar mustache,” historian and daughter Emily Bingham said.

There are currently 40 images available to view here. To make a contribution or for more information, contact Denise Bohn, denise.bohn@louisville.edu.

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Breaking down The Bird’s Nest: U of L’s New Student Marketing Agency Wednesday, Sep 21 2022 

By Tate Luckey

Last week, the University of Louisville announced the launch of The Bird’s Nest, a student-led marketing agency under the direction of Dr. Karen Freberg. She and four student directors- Sydney Baker, Hailee Andrews, Zaire Robinson, and Jacey Wells- are gearing up to offer a variety of services to the general public, including brand strategy, event consultation and logo design.

“Creating a student agency has been a dream of mine ever since I came to U of L back in 2011. Things started coming together when Joey Wagner, Al Futrell, and I met in 2019 to discuss the next steps. At the time, Neeli Bendapudi gave us the green light – and she helped us get connected to Kansas where she helped them start their own student agency,” Freberg said.

Since then, support from both College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Owen and Interim President Lori Gonzalez has helped pave the way for this unique opportunity for the University of Louisville community.

How It Works

Sophomore Jacey Wells, director of outreach, told The Louisville Cardinal staff Freberg will train, teach, and certify the current directors so they are prepared for the spring.

There is a suggested curriculum and courses for students to take if they want to pursue certain areas in the agency, like social media in the Department of Communication. That is now a Strategic Communications and Social Media Minor.

The Bird’s Nest differs from other student agencies at other schools that limit the opportunity to join to just a specific college or program. 

“We are unique in building a modern-day approach for the agency to foster the new wave of talent for the strategic communication industry,” Freberg said. “Our teams and roles are aligned with the industry, but the organizational structure is different where we have directors of shell teams. All aspects of the agency have been implemented and are led by students.” 

For example, Wells and her team are comprised of ambassadors, influencers, event coordinators, and advisors who facilitate communication and planning regarding outside sources’ needs for client work.

Helping Prepare Tomorrow’s Consultants

There will be an application process for both internal and external clients, providing students the ability to determine the timing, resources, and budget for the project. The goal of the services is to not only pay students for their work, but also raise funds for scholarships, renovation of the new space, conference trips, professional development, and certifications.

“I think it’ll benefit Louisville students a lot. When people are starting college and don’t have any idea what to pursue, this could be a good way to gain hands-on experience,” Wells said. “I hope that we can help college students more become well-rounded students. When they graduate and enter the career field they’ll just have so much more applicable skills and knowledge.”

Businesses and brands from Louisville and across the country comprise the student agency’s board of advisors, including Churchill Downs, Starbucks, Brown-Forman, adidas, and U of L Athletics. Currently, a director of research and director of people role is still available. 

If students are interested in applying for other positions, there are applications on birdsnestlou.com. You can follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok.

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Various Sights from the Kentucky State Fair Monday, Sep 5 2022 

By Tate Luckey – Explore the 2022 Kentucky State Fair and World’s Championship Horse Showin a series of photos captured by The Louisville Cardinal.

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Louisville Football looks to ride recruiting momentum into season Sunday, Aug 28 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Louisville football comes into this season riding quite a bit of momentum from the offseason recruiting cycle. However, head coach Scott Satterfield and company have some work to do before the season gets into full swing. Last season the Cards finished with a losing record of 6-7. They lost their final two games. 

First up on Offense

Redshirt Senior Malik Cunningham is back. A lot of analysts have Cunningham as a dark horse in the Heisman conversation if he can put it all together. Cunningham threw for just under 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns, with only six interceptions, along with rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2021 alone.

On top of Cunningham’s return, Louisville has a deep running back crew that will be able to share the carries in different situations. Jalen Mitchell, a redshirt sophomore, and Trevion Cooley, a sophomore, both give needed experience to the Cardinals, who add Tennesee transfer Tiyon Evans, a junior, and redshirt sophomore Jawhar Jordan, who arrives from Syracuse.

Louisville also has a high level of experience on the offensive line to block for backs, protecting Cunningham with a clean pocket. Preseason All-American Senior Caleb Chandler leads the offensive line.

With the loss of deep-ball threat Tyler Harrel to the transfer portal this offseason, the Cards added transfers Tyler Hudson and Dee Wiggins, who Satterfield has praised in camp. Amari Huggins-Bruce looks to build upon his performance as a slot receiver last year. Also returning is leading receiver Marshon Ford from last year.

Next up, the Defense

On the defensive side of the ball, Louisville looks to patch up issues from last season. In the final two games of the season, the defense gave up a combined total of 83 points, including a 52-point beat down from rival Kentucky.

The defense has worked to fix those lackluster performances this off-season, including the announcement that Wesley McGriff will co-coordinate the defense with Bryan Brown to provide another voice. 

On top of new leadership, the transfer portal has once again helped to change the faces of Louisville’s defense heading into this season.

Senior transfer Jermayne Lole looks to help anchor the defensive line by providing needed pressure to opposing quarterbacks. In addition, Yaya Diaby and Ashton Gillote return to work on the outside of Lole to complete the front three. 

To finish off the front seven, the linebackers will consist of senior Yasir Abdullah, opposite of redshirt freshmen Ben Perry. Monty Montgomery looks to return after his season ended three games in with an ACL tear. Lastly, Ole Miss transfer senior Momo Sanogo is another interior linebacker to watch for. 

The secondary has an interesting mix of players with experience. Kei’Trel Clark, a redshirt junior, is the top cornerback, twice receiving All-ACC honors. Sophomore Josh Minkins fills in the strong safety role, with Ballard High grad joining Georgia Southern transfer Kendrick Duncan, who’s set to start at the free safety position. Lastly, senior Chandler Jones will line up opposite of Clark in the other cornerback position. 

The Cards open on the road against Syracuse at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. You can view their schedule here.

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Student Job Fair Draws Huge Crowd! Wednesday, Aug 24 2022 

By Hevin Ramsey

Aiding students with finding part-time jobs on and off campus, the University Career Center hosted a Part-Time Job Fair in the SAC Ballroom. With a massive turnout full of opportunities ranging from the University’s School of Business to Walgreens.

 

Photos by Hevin Ramsey

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Student-backed Bill Increases Legal Protections for Students Wednesday, Aug 24 2022 

By Tate Luckey

Julia Mattingly, a senior Political Science major, was at the center of a defamation case last summer, learning that properly defending her case would be an arduous process.

She said university attorneys reviewed her case. They determined her allegations did not rise to a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

A representative from the Dean of Students told her that she should file a formal complaint to receive a conduct hearing, but she would have to act as her own attorney by collecting affidavits from all of those involved and preparing an oral argument to be presented to a board.

“As an undergraduate who has absolutely no legal experience, I was shocked at the notion I was to represent myself at the hearing and was not allowed to seek help from legal counsel,” Mattingly said.

And while she initially felt defeat and frustration, she and junior Political Science major Liam Gallagher turned this incident into advocacy and action. They partnered with state representatives to create HB290, or the Kentucky Campus Due Process Protection Act.

Julia Mattingly talks in a press conference about House Bill 290.

What does it do?

House Bill 290, which is now Kentucky Revised Statute Chapter 164, is a due process bill for students at public colleges and universities in Kentucky. It provides protections for students, including

  • Procedural protection for students accused of violating their university’s  code of conduct if that violation could result in a suspension, expulsion or removal from housing. 
  • Requiring that students have the ability to defend themselves, that they are presumed innocent.
  • Students must be given written notice of charges against them and have access to the evidence and facts against them. 
  • Students must be judged by an impartial hearing panel where an investigator may not also serve the panel. 
  • Students are given the ability to cross-examine witnesses and be represented by an attorney. 

 

These new protections are for both the accused and victims of potential code of conduct violations. They also have the ability to cross-examine, have an impartial hearing panel, and can be represented by an attorney.

The act also allows both respondents and complainants to appeal the final decision of the governing board of the university in the Kentucky Circuit Court system. 

“This is really a first-of-its-kind action, allowing students to take action against their universities when their rights were violated is a huge win. The bill also has a reporting requirement that every three years public post-secondary institutions must report the number of disciplinary actions that have been taken,” Gallagher said.

The legislation is the most significant measure to help students in the Commonwealth since the 1990s, and it is the largest student rights protection bill in the United States.

The University of Louisville came out publicly against the bill when it was first filed by Representative Banta, with Mattingly and Gallagher telling The Louisville Cardinal that they learned the university was particularly not in favor of the reporting requirements and the ability to use legal counsel.

U of L argued the reporting requirements could possibly be used to identify students who were in disciplinary trouble and that having attorneys, and subsequent in-house counsel, could be too expensive.

Julia Mattingly and Liam Gallagher (left) with other members of the House Legislature at the signing of House Bill 290

Despite opposition, the bill received national attention from organizations like FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. It also received support from over 70 student organizations in Kentucky, ranging from The College Democrats  to the Young Americans for Freedom and from various LGBTQ+ organizations. It was ultimately signed into law by Governor Beshear over the summer.

Getting Involved

“I likely made 200 calls to the Legislative Research Commission hotline to leave messages for legislators. I had the honor to testify and share some of those stories in both the house and senate,” Gallagher said.

“The best way to get involved in the state or local legislative process is to participate in political student organizations here on campus,” Mattingly said . “If I had not been involved with the Young Democrats at U of L I would not have been given the opportunity to go speak on this bill in Frankfort.”

Gallagher noted that for anyone else who wants to try and create a change, even just leaving a message can be enough.

“Start with sending a letter or calling the Legislative Message Hotline (1-800-372-7181),” he said. “When someone calls the LRC Hotline they can ask to leave a message for any of the 138 legislators in Frankfort. That message is then placed on their desk for them to read. “

Gallagher was amazed their efforts could lead to such change. “When you work for a candidate and they do something to change a law or support a cause you support you can say ‘I played a small part in that’. Students that have been affected by the lack of due process in Kentucky’s universities- I believe us banding together have played a large role in the bill’s passage.”

You can read the specifics of the bill here.

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Shawnee Park police shooting highlights arrest warrant policy gaps Wednesday, Jul 20 2022 

Shawnee Park Louisville police shooting crime scene.

Stephanie Wolf

Louisville police tape off the scene at Shawnee Park on the evening of July 10, 2022.

As the Louisville Metro Police Department continues investigating the officer-involved shooting at Shawnee Park last week, the department also faces scrutiny from community members who say officers endangered bystanders.

The Dirt Bowl basketball tournament drew hundreds of people to Shawnee Park on July 10. The games were over for the day when officers attempted to arrest 30-year-old Herbert Lee, who was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants, but some of the crowd still lingered. 

Lee allegedly ran from the police and shot at them, hitting one officer’s bulletproof vest, before they returned fire. Lee was shot in the “extremities,” according to LMPD officials, and has since been released from the hospital. He’s now being held on a $1 million cash bond and faces several charges, including attempted murder of a police officer.

“It’s gonna be in the back of my head till the day I die,” said Bruce Sweeney, who was at the scene and coaches a youth basketball team called the Breewayy Warriors, named in honor of Breonna Taylor

“There are kids out here. And they had to see this,” he said. “It sickens me.”

Police officials did not answer questions from KyCIR about their decision to engage Lee at the west Louisville park. 

But the incident highlights broader concerns about how LMPD serves warrants and what precautions officers should take to keep the public safe. KyCIR reviewed the department’s protocols for serving warrants and found no guidelines for how officers should handle arrests in a public setting.

The department’s standard operating procedures require officers to fill out a risk assessment form that is reviewed and approved by a commanding officer before executing a warrant inside a building or residence so officers can consider the safety of the building and weigh the risks of entering. However, the nearly 900-page document mentions nothing about approaching someone in a park, on the sidewalk, or in any public space where other people might be around. 

LMPD isn’t the only police department without a clear policy for handling situations like the one at Shawnee Park last week. But, according to a model arrest policy by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the location, timing and manner of an arrest should be planned carefully “to minimize the danger to officers, suspects and third parties.”

Kungu Njuguna, a policy strategist for ACLU Kentucky, said incidents like the Shawnee Park shooting only increase divides between police and the Black community, especially since this happened after the Dirt Bowl, an event with a longstanding history in the West End. 

“It adds to that generational trauma of distrust and the belief that the police aren’t here to protect us, they’re here to harm us,” he said.

Questions about accountability

LMPD officers gathered at Shawnee Park shortly before attempting to arrest Herbert Lee.

LMPD body camera footage

LMPD officers gathered at Shawnee Park shortly before attempting to arrest Herbert Lee.

The department is conducting an internal investigation of the Shawnee Park incident, despite a previous agreement that Kentucky State Police would investigate all of their officer-involved shootings. Louisville’s newly created Inspector General’s Office also announced an investigation into the shooting.

A department spokesperson said officers were patrolling the tournament when they recognized Lee, who at the time had about a dozen outstanding warrants against him, including theft of a firearm and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. LMPD Chief Erika Shields said during a press interview shortly after the shooting that officers were “very judicial” to wait until the tournament had ended to serve the warrant. 

But Mike Lawlor, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven, said the officers’ decision to pursue Lee in the park was reckless. Unless the situation was urgent and the person presented an immediate danger to the public, he said LMPD should have waited.  

“The police knew or should have known this guy was carrying a firearm,” Lawlor said. “He had a track record of this. He had known convictions for it.”

If any bystanders had gotten hurt in the shootout, he said the city would likely have a lawsuit on its hands, “and the argument would be that you knew or should have known that it was likely innocent people would be injured here, yet your officers did it anyway.”

Lawlor said there should always be some type of accountability when it comes to serving warrants or pursuing suspects, despite the location. 

“More and more police departments are putting very severe restrictions on high-speed chases and no-knock warrants because they’re just a recipe for disaster,” he said. “Innocent people can get killed.”

Three months after Breonna Taylor was killed by police during a raid on her home in 2020, the Louisville Metro Council voted unanimously to ban no-knock warrants in the city. And this year LMPD reimplemented a policy to reduce deaths and injuries caused by vehicle police chases, after seeing a significant increase in bystander deaths and injuries.

The Shawnee Park shooting didn’t involve a no-knock warrant or a car chase and nobody died in the incident, but it still highlights concerns about when the pursuit of a suspect outweighs the risks — and how unclear protocols and risky decision-making have the potential to end in tragedy.

Community impact and distrust

On July 14, four days after the shooting, police officials released a partial and edited version of the body camera footage from the incident, saying the rest would be available “upon the completion of necessary reductions based on Kentucky open records law.” (Prior to 2020, it was LMPD policy to release body camera footage within 24 hours of a police shooting.)

That evening, activists gathered at the Carl Braden Memorial Center in the Parkland neighborhood for a press conference, where they expressed frustration about the incident – and skepticism about what police claim happened at Shawnee Park. 

“Louisville Metro Police Department, you have failed this city again,” said community activist Chris Will, commenting on the limited footage. “Why would you not show the interaction from the beginning right to the end?”

One activist at the gathering, who goes by A.B., questioned why officers chose to arrest Lee in a public place, “with women and children at a family event.”

“The police was there to protect us,” he said. “Not to add to our trauma to this community and our kids.”

Another activist, Jeff Compton, suggested that officers wouldn’t have approached the situation the same way if it happened in a white community.

“For them to chase him in the middle of the park with kids playing in a family environment … Would you guys do this if it was St. Matthews? Would you do it if it was in Georgetown?” he said. “No, you only want to do it in our communities.”

Editor’s Note: LMPD released full body camera footage of the Shawnee Park shooting on Wednesday, shortly before KyCIR published this story. 

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