Louisville mayor proposes $12.8M pay bump for city workers to stop 'resignation tsunami'

By |2021-12-02T08:08:38-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer wants to use more than half of a $20 million windfall on potential pay increases for Metro Government staff. The midyear spending move, which the full Metro Council could vote to approve at its mid-December meeting, comes partly in response to a wave of city employees leaving for better-paying private sector jobs.In particular, Louisville has struggled with staffing shortages and resignations among public safety staff in the city's police department and jail.Fischer's office said in a Monday news release that $12.8 million from the midyear adjustment could go to the Office of Management and Budget for “potential salary and wage adjustments — both union and non-union — necessary to meet marketplace demands.”'Defund the police' and Breonna Taylor:Exclusive poll shows where Louisville standsThe $20 million adjustment reflects savings among government agency operations that were limited earlier in the pandemic as well as unanticipated revenue growth in fiscal year 2021, according to Monica Harmon, the city’s chief financial officer.Minimal pay increases leading to 'resignation tsunami'The city’s human resources director, Ernestine Booth, said the Metro Government is seeing a 7% turnover rate just five months into the fiscal year.Many of the employees leaving, both those in unions and not in unions, say they are drawn to the private sector because of better pay, Booth said. “With limited funding over the past few years, many of our union contracts included wage increases of zero to 2%, and our non-union grid has not been adjusted since 2016,” Booth said in a news release.Booth also noted COVID-19 has created what industry officials describe as the “Great Resignation” or a “resignation tsunami,” with employees expecting greater flexibility — such as remote work — along with higher wages and more paid time off.It's quitting time:Kentuckians are leaving their jobs at highest rate in USThe city’s attrition rate has gained attention particularly for its impact on the Louisville Metro Police Department and Metro Corrections. LMPD leaders have said since last year their department was short several hundred officers.As of November, according to LMPD data, the department had 1,039 sworn members of all ranks, but Chief Erika Shields has said the department should have about 1,300 to be fully staffed. Employees in the city’s jail, meanwhile, have said they are at a “breaking point” because of low staffing, long hours and stressful conditions, with members of the union for Metro Corrections voting “no confidence” in the jail’s director in September.Jail death:Person dies in Louisville Metro Corrections custodyFischer has also proposed an additional $5.7 million for upgrading the city’s fleet, primarily to replace outdated sanitation equipment and dump trucks. The remaining $5 million would be matching funds for a $50 million Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant that the city is seeking with eight partners.  The federal grant program is giving away $1 billion to help communities nationwide in “accelerating their economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building economies resilient to future economic shocks,” Fischer’s office said.Metro Council Budget Chair Bill Hollander, who represents the Ninth District, said in the release he and his council colleagues "have been discussing these issues for months."Police pay, ARP funds and redistricting:Louisville Metro Council vote on 3 key items earned it chants of 'shame on you!'"A better-than-expected revenue picture and federal funds have put us in a position to address some of the salary issues which are hindering our ability to recruit and retain employees needed to serve the public," Hollander said.The next budget committee hearing is Dec. 9 at 5 p.m., while the final Metro Council meeting of the year is Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Those who cannot attend meetings in person can also view proceedings live via Metro TV, the council clerk's archived media page or the Metro Council's Facebook page.Reach Billy Kobin at bkobin@courierjournal.com.

With Poll Showing Support Declining, Relevance of BLM Now Being Debated – The …

By |2021-12-02T02:22:37-05:00December 1st, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

Following a recent poll that showed support for the Black Lives Matter Movement waning, conversations have commenced over the continued relevance of the campaign. Researchers conducted by the national polling site, Civiqs revealed that 44 percent of Americans support the Black Lives Matter Movement, while 43 percent said they oppose the campaign. Approximately 11 percent of respondents reported that they neither support nor oppose the campaign, which began in 2012 in response to a jury’s decision to acquit George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The movement’s support appeared to peak in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd as global protests joined in the cry of “Black Lives Matter.” Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation co-founder Patrisse Cullors resigned earlier this year following allegations she parlayed her part in the movement into a multimillion-dollar lifestyle that included purchasing several properties in various locations. Shortly before Cullors’ resignation, the foundation released a 2020 Impact Report that claimed it had raised more than $90 million. Reportedly, 10 Black Lives Matter chapter leaders called for financial transparency and an independent investigation into spending funds. In addition, Ebony reported that the claims of “financial impropriety were a source of constant concern for several parents whose children had been killed by police in controversial shootings.” Ebony cited Tamika Palmer, whose daughter Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville police as she slept in her home, and Samaria Rice, whose 12-year-old son Tamir was killed on a playground by a Cleveland police officer. Both parents have come out publicly and denounced the Black Lives Matter foundation and accused the organization of raising money off the blood of their children. Michael Brown Sr., whose son Michael was walking home unarmed from a store and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, called for Black Lives Matter to donate $20 million to nonprofit organizations in Ferguson working to empower residents in exchange for the millions of dollars they raised in using his son’s name and image. Cullors has countered that all the financial purchases she has made have come from her income, including a multi-year television deal with Warner Brothers, a book deal, speaking engagements and consulting services. To some, that didn’t sit well, and it’s just one reason they question the relevance of the campaign. “The Black Lives Matter is not as relevant in many communities today as before,” said Marcos Martinez, the owner of the lifestyle blog Men Who Brunch. “Police reform in New York City has decreased police activity in many poor urban communities. This has been problematic since more shootings and violent incidents have occurred in those poor communities of color,” Martinez remarked. “I’m pro-Black. I want success for my people. I knew our challenges and had to overcome poverty, incarceration, ghettos and violence being from New York City and a Black male,” said Lazarus Jackson, editor-in-chief of the website Modern Home Safety. “Black Lives Matter was a sham to me from day one. You can’t possibly lead a strong, lasting institution if the very people you claim to represent are not the actual founders or leaders,” he said. “I watched on the news every night in Brooklyn where white people protested for George Floyd. In our community, it’s very rare to hear a person say they ever attended any of those events. For every 100 white protestors, only 15 were Black at best. Meanwhile, with almost 1000 gunshot victims that were Black during the same time period during the pandemic, you never see Black Lives Matter show up,” Jackson said. Entertainer Tyrone Evans Clarke said during protests he participated in following Floyd’s murder, he noticed many individuals willing to make sacrifices for the cause. However, that changed. “It seems the U.S. doesn’t respect Black and brown people’s lives,” Clarke said. “Cops were attacking peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets and that didn’t help. On top of that, look how long it took to put Floyd’s murderer behind bars. It feels like there is a knee on our necks every day just by being Black.”

This progressive church reviewed its history and discovered it hadn't 'shown up' very often …

By |2021-12-01T20:29:57-05:00December 1st, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

Anyone entering the sanctuary of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., for the first time will inevitably leave talking one thing above all — the beauty of the stained-glass windows on all sides of the English Gothic-style worship space.Look closely, though, and you’ll find in those colorful windows a source of the black-and-white problem that has sparked intensive congregational introspection that some hope will lead to public repentance: Two of the historical figures portrayed there were slaveholders and defenders of slavery. Although the sanctuary was built in 1915, the stained glass was not installed until the 1970s — long after Louisville had been plunged into racial tensions and Southern Baptists (as Highland was then affiliated) were wrestling with how to respond. The figures in those windows encapsulate both the history and the challenge facing a congregation known nationally for its progressive stances on women in ministry, social justice and LGBTQ inclusion. After pausing to take stock of its own story, a special task force of the church has found a gaping hole in the church’s history of progressive theology and inclusion: It has been profoundly silent about the racial divide that permeates the city and the church’s own history. That task force spent months researching the church’s history — from before its founding in 1893 to the present — and documenting what was said and not said, what was done and not done and laying that against the city and the nation’s history. The task force produced a 55-page report that has been used in two all-church dialogues and will guide next steps in what has come to be known as the church’s reparations project. From stained glass to strained history Nancy Goodhue is a lay leader at Highland who chairs the Reparations Task Force. In 2020, amid the nation’s racial reckoning ignited by the police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, followed by the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Highland members began asking more questions about their church’s potential complicity in the nation’s and the city’s history of racism. Louisville, which lies along the southern edge of the Ohio River, is the epitome of a border city. Its architecture, culture and even its churches bear the influence of both North and South. The river itself was considered the visible expression of the invisible Mason-Dixon Line during the Civil War. Basil Manly Jr. (Photo/Boyce Library/Southern Seminary) Highland Baptist’s history is intertwined from the beginning not only with the aftermath of the Civil War but with the complicated racial history of the Southern Baptist Convention. The SBC’s first and now flagship seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is located just 2 miles up the road. And one of the seminary’s founders, Basil Manly Jr., was instrumental in starting the church. Southern Seminary in 2018 issued a report on its historical ties to slavery and racism but its leaders declined to take any significant action or consider any kind of reparations. They refused to rename buildings on campus named for slaveholders and defenders of slavery as an institution. While that decision satisfied the conservative base that now controls the seminary, it rankled the more progressive crowd — including Highland members — now estranged from the seminary and the SBC. All that hung in the background as the church’s Anti-Racism Team, formed in 2016, created a special subgroup to consider the windows. But before that project could be tackled, Goodhue went to other church leaders to suggest they needed to expand the scope of the work beyond the windows. Highland’s congregation is highly educated and socially aware, and members began to connect the dots between the racial reckoning of 2020, the array of books being published on reparations for slavery and how to be anti-racist, what had happened at Southern Seminary, and the church’s stained glass. Soon the Anti-Racism Team was joined by the Reparations Task Force. Tell the history first The predominantly white congregation asked for help from Black faith leaders in the community. Goodhue recalls that one of the recurring pieces of advice they were given was to “look at your history first.” The Black leaders told them: “You’ve got to look at your history and take it seriously and deal with it.” Lauren Jones Mayfield To that end, the task force began researching and writing. Goodhue suggested that a separate group of church members be enlisted to pray specifically for this work. Lauren Jones Mayfield, an associate pastor working with young adults and missions, has been running point on the entire reparations project. She pulled together a group of 10 prayer volunteers. “One of the pleasant surprises was how nourishing it was,” she reported. Mayfield believes that in addition to the prayer support, the congregation had been prepared also by the influence of its previous pastor, Joe Phelps. “He was involved in several groups dealing with racial justice. He was preaching and calling awareness to the issues with the congregation,” she noted. He left the pastorate about three years ago, and his successor, Mary Alice Birdwhistell, arrived in Louisville from Texas just as the task force was being formed. Birdwhistell, a native Kentuckian, embraced the project and blessed it. When the task force released its report to the congregation earlier this fall, it scheduled two types of gatherings for church members to process the information together and ask questions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first of those was conducted via Zoom. Not only did congregants ask questions, they also pointed out things missing from the written history. The task force took that information and revised the report. Mary Alice Birdwhistell While the individual parts of the story made sense, the combined effect of the narrative was “jarring,” Birdwhistell said. “It’s one thing for histories to be hypothetical or to be about ‘those people,’ but another thing to come to the realization that this is our history.” “This work unearths some things within you and within your congregation that you’re going to have to wrestle with,” she added. “You’ve got to come to terms with your own complacency.” The story that emerged challenged the way the progressive congregation thinks about itself, Mayfield added. “For all the ways Highland has shown up on issues, we have struggled to show up for the racial conversation.” Failure to ‘show up’ Indeed, a recurring theme of the report is to note how when pivotal events were taking place in American history, Louisville history or Baptist history, the 128-year-old church seems to have been focused on other things. That includes the spring of 1961, when Martin Luther King Jr. addressed students at Southern Seminary, calling them to join the work of racial justice and reform. The church’s records show no significant response or changes resulting from King’s speech even though seminary President Duke McCall — a former Highland member — was threatened by white pastors for allowing King to speak. The narrative also explores a series of key junctures in the city’s history, from segregation to Jim Crow, to housing discrimination and redlining, to school integration and busing. Even though individual church members were living with and addressing these contemporary issues, there is only occasional evidence that the church was addressing them from the pulpit or in any other way. “For all the ways Highland has shown up on issues, we have struggled to show up for the racial conversation.” The few occasions where evidence of a response is recorded are notable mainly for their rarity. For example, in February 1946 the church held an “Inter-racial Sunday” which was followed the next Sunday night by a local Black man being invited to “speak about the prominent Black scientist George Washington Carver, whom he knew personally, in the Sunday night Training Union Assembly.” And like many Southern Baptist churches at the time, Highland opened its membership to a Black person in 1965 not to bring in local Black Christians but when a seminary student from Nigeria asked to join. 1916 photo of Highland Baptist Church Sanctuary Repeatedly, even when records indicate various pastors preached or spoke or wrote about racial justice, there is no evidence much of anything resulted within the life of the church. Instead, the congregation was busy doing other good deeds. The report cites this example: “Highland Baptist Church records contain no evidence of official church support or church member participation in the demonstrations and nonviolent protests that gripped Louisville in the 1950s and 1960s. During the 1960s Highland focused its ministry on the Highland neighborhood, starting a ministry to the local elderly and, with other area churches, a coffee house aimed at serving youth in the Highlands who were not part of a church.” And then there are reports of racially insensitive actions taken within the walls of the church, even as it was considered a trendsetter on other social issues. In 1972 and again in 1973, the church held a “Slave Auction” to help fund the youth group’s summer trips. Seeing through stained glass Finally, the story comes back to the stained-glass windows. In 1970, the church called Don Burke as pastor — someone who is remembered at Highland as a highly creative and energizing force. During his tenure, the church hired artist Robert Markert to create the sanctuary stained-glass windows. The task force reports that “the church left it up to Burke to select the people honored in the windows, and he chose biblical characters and figures from church history, including from Baptist history.” There was debate about whether to honor Martin Luther King — who had been martyred seven year earlier — but the church chose not to include him. The only Black figure included among the dozens of people honored in the stained glass is the pioneer missionary Lott Carey. Extraordinary thought went into the creation of the windows, so much that they move along the spectrum of the rainbow in their colors — red, gold, green, blue and violet — as Burke once explained, “enveloping the worshipers with the colors of the rainbow, reminding the believers that they are the objects of covenant love.” Ten windows around the bottom of the nave illustrate Hebrews 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” These windows depict “the apostles and representative saints who have preceded the church of the present,” Burke explained. The windows include “women of the Bible” and “European saints” and “United States Baptists.” But only one Black person and two white slaveholders. Yet the stained-glass story doesn’t end there. In 2008 and 2009, the church invited the artist, Robert Markert, to extend the “Cloud of Witnesses” theme to the Fellowship Hall. Among those honored in these new windows is Basil Manly Jr., the Southern Seminary founder who helped launch the church — and who also was a slaveholder and defender of slavery. What to do now? The three Highland leaders most involved in the reparations study are convinced of one thing for sure: They cannot take their historical review, place it in a file and do nothing more. “We have hired five African American consultants who are leaders in the city of Louisville,” Mayfield explained. “They have divergent opinions. One of the things they did agree on is that now that we have the history report, we have to take some action steps. Otherwise, we’re no different than Southern Seminary to have done this work but not follow through.” Birdwhistell highlighted some advice given by Lewis Brogdon, director of the Institute for Black Church Studies at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky: “This problem has developed over 400 years, and none of it will be resolved in our lifetimes.” But that is no excuse for inaction, the pastor added. “We’re asking, What steps can we take to move the needle?” For now, the task force has divided its work into four prongs: Confession and repentance; imagery and symbols; finances; advocacy. Each prong presents its own challenges. For example, while the church clearly wants to engage in confession and repentance, Mayfield said, “we’re wondering to whom do we confess and what does it mean for a white church to have this service and publicize this service?” And reparations — most often thought of as financial — likely will take the form of long-term commitments to the community, the three church leaders agreed. One of the things the report highlights is how infrequently and insignificantly the church in the past funded anything in Louisville that served non-white populations. “We want to give on a regular basis from here on out to a Black organization where we don’t have any say in how it is spent,” Goodhue explained. Although rich in history, the mid-sized congregation does not have extensive financial resources to draw upon, no endowments or additional properties to sell. Even the property it currently fully utilizes requires urgent updates to the antiquated heating and air conditioning system. Mayfield explained: “We’re trying to figure out in the midst of focusing on our building … how do we start a capital campaign for an internal need while talking about this need beyond us?” This is where the fourth prong of advocacy could make a difference, Goodhue added. “The fact that Highland doesn’t have a lot of money is one of the reasons we want to connect with other groups. One of the things we want to do is to advocate to the federal government and other levels too for reparations.” The three leaders believe the church’s reparations work will outlive any of them. “This is ongoing, lifelong work for us,” Birdwhistell said. “You can’t think in a year and a half you’re going to figure it all out and check it off the list. The task force can only work for a limited amount of time, but the work is ongoing.” At Highland, the next big step is to talk about the stained glass. That churchwide conversation is scheduled for February. While that will be a tough one, the three leaders are hopeful. “We love this church,” Mayfield said. “What a privilege it is to serve as leaders in this conversation. Even when it is difficult, Highland Baptist shows up as people of faith and hope believing that repair is possible.”   Related articles: Southern Seminary won’t rename buildings but creates scholarships for Black students Ideas for churches studying the need for reparations | Analysis by Andrew Gardner 5 reasons why reparations talk makes white people crazy | Opinion by Alan Bean What to do if you unearth a history of slavery in your church, college or institution?

Target of Police Raid That Killed Breonna Taylor Avoids Jail – The Daily Beast

By |2021-12-01T20:29:59-05:00December 1st, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

Jamarcus Glover, Target of Police Raid That Killed Breonna Taylor, Avoids JailMarine Who ‘50/50’ Regretted Jan. 6 Riot Pleads GuiltyMEHKevin Douglas Creek was caught on bodycam footage assaulting at least two officers, acts he said he didn’t remember committing when contacted by the FBI.Alleged Smollett Conspirator: ‘He Wanted Me to Punch Him’BUT NOT TOO HARD“[Smollett] wanted me to punch him, but he wanted me to pull the punch so I don’t hurt him,” one of the men involved in the alleged fake hate crime said. SHOP WITH SCOUTEDScore Samsung’s Bestselling Earbuds for 40% Off Today OnlyLISTEN UPThese sleek, top-rated earbuds are on major sale—today only.Barrett Suggests Forced Pregnancy Is OK Because of AdoptionYIKESFollowing nearly two hours of argument over a 15-week abortion ban, all six justices in the court’s conservative majority seemed to signal they would rule to undermine Roe v. Wade.WTA Suspends China Tournaments Over Tennis Star Peng ShuaiDRAWING THE LINEHours after an IOC official had insisted Peng was free and safe, the chairman of the Women’s Tennis Association said he had “serious doubts” that was true. SHOP WITH SCOUTEDScore Discounted La Mer at Nordstrom’s Cyber Week SaleCYBER MONDAY 2021 Nordstrom’s Black Friday and Cyber Week beauty deals mean you can take 15% off La Mer, Charlotte Tilbury, NuFace, Sisley Paris, and more.Chris Cuomo: My Indefinite CNN Suspension Is ‘Embarrassing’‘IT HURTS’The primetime host was benched after it was revealed on Monday that he had secretly worked to discredit his embattled brother’s accusers.Stacey Abrams Is Running for Georgia Governor Again‘ONE GEORGIA’Wednesday’s announcement sets up a potential rematch with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.Ex-Argentine Prez Charged With Spying on Sub Crew’s FamiliesACCOUNTABILITYMacri was not arrested for the charge, though he is prohibited from leaving Argentina.Two Men Arrested in Murder of Philly Teen Shot 18 TimesINVESTIGATINGThe shooting is the latest in Philadelphia’s deadliest year yet.SHOP WITH SCOUTEDYou Can Get a Roomba Vacuum for Only $200 Right NowCYBER WEEK 2021Know anyone who needs your old vacuum? Cause you’re about to upgrade.Biden on Trump COVID Report: ‘I Don’t Think About’ HimNOT MY CONCERNTrump denied he was sick with the virus before the debate, but did not address whether he received an initial positive COVID test.Alec Baldwin: I Never Pulled the Trigger in ‘Rust’ ShootingSAY WHAT?The interview marks Baldwin’s first one-on-one comments since the October tragedy.

Calls to 'defund the police' clash with reality for many Americans, city polls show – USA Today

By |2021-12-01T07:21:54-05:00December 1st, 2021|Breonna Taylor, Election 2020|

A comparison of views in Louisville and Oklahoma City helps explain why changing the way law enforcement works has proved to be so difficult even in the wake of last year's nationwide protests.Louisville has been riven by scrutiny and protests since Breonna Taylor was killed in 2020 by police officers who used a no-knock warrant to break into her apartment while she slept. In contrast, Oklahoma City continues to register wide public approval of the police even though the state has the highest mortality rate from police violence in the country.But while the two cities have different assessments about whether there's a problem that needs fixing, residents in both worry more about rising crime than police misconduct. In new USA TODAY/Suffolk University CityView polls, they place public safety as a priority well above law enforcement reform. In Louisville, residents were more than twice as likely to cite public safety, not police reform, as the biggest issue facing the city. In Oklahoma City, police reform ranked last on a list of nine community concerns. In neither place did more than a fraction support the progressives' slogan to "defund the police.""I just would hate to think what our world would actually be like if we were left to fend for ourselves," said Carol Davenport, 65, a nurse from Oklahoma City who was among those surveyed. "It's very easy to stand back with a camera or a phone or whatever it is, and judge what someone else is doing when you're not the one that is accountable."In Louisville, though, Tyrone Weaver, 52, who works for a defense manufacturer, saw his faith in the police shaken by what happened to Taylor. "There are some officers that do the right thing," he said in a follow-up interview, but in the aftermath of her death, "it's hard to trust police."He has seen little change since she was killed in March 2020. "It's hard to see baby steps," he said.Do police use force only when necessary? Does race affect their actions? And where do Americans draw the line between concern about crime and demands for police accountability?Those questions were asked in the two new CityView polls, sponsored by USA TODAY and Suffolk University's Political Research Center in conjunction with the Louisville Courier Journal and The Oklahoman.  Throughout 2021, the series of surveys in major American cities – including Milwaukee, Detroit and Los Angeles – has explored attitudes toward policing and community.The polls of 500 residents in each city, taken by landline and cell phone from Nov. 10 to 15, have a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.The surveys were conducted before juries returned verdicts in two recent trials that attracted national attention. Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of homicide and other charges for killing two men and wounding a third during unrest that followed Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In Brunswick, Georgia, three white men were convicted of murder in the shooting death of a Black man, Ahmaud Arbery.More:Milwaukee residents dissatisfied with police amid a nationwide reckoningSince massive nationwide protests after George Floyd's murder in Minneapolis last year raised hopes of action, legislation on criminal justice reform has languished in Congress. The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in March, largely along party lines, but months of bipartisan negotiations in the Senate collapsed in September. Last month, Minneapolis voters rejected a proposal to replace the police department with a new Department of Public Safety. Marked by sharp partisan and racial divides, the issues are likely to be powerful in next year's midterm elections and the 2024 presidential race. The findings also signal a clear opening for Republicans among Latinos, a growing demographic group that has leaned Democratic but is increasingly wooed by the GOP.Faith in Louisville police eroded The death of Taylor and the way police handled the shooting's aftermath have eroded confidence in local law enforcement in Louisville. Forty-five percent of the residents surveyed said they had lost faithin the police as a result, including 4 in 10 whites and 6 in 10 Black people. Overall, just 7% gained trust. "I always knew that there were, obviously, racial disparities, but, yes, it did change more after Breonna Taylor," said Josie Timmons, 38, a graduate student who was called in the poll. She said she was frustrated that a chronic-pain condition meant she couldn't join the protests that followed, so she tried to help in other ways, including providing water and snacks for the marchers.But the protests also drew a negative reaction from most of the city's residents. By 53%-31%, they said the marches had hurt the community, not helped it."I just feel like it got blown out of proportion, you know?" said Jean Petri, who reported her faith in the police had been strengthened. "I wasn't there, so who knows what the truth ended up being?" Since then, she said, "I feel a lot of the crime that's been happening since Ms. Breonna's death is a reflection of that circumstance."In Louisville, there was a significant divide by race in assessing police tactics. By an overwhelming 62%-23%, Black residents said the police used force when it wasn't necessary. But whites by 49%-38% said the police used force only when necessary. Oklahoma City reflected a similar division. Whites by 2-1, 61%-29%, said the police used force only when necessary. But Black residents by 51%-34% said they used force when it wasn't necessary.More:Rodney King's beating incited calls for police reform. 30 years later, LA poll shows work remains to be done.Trevour Webb, now 27 and the father of two, has never forgotten a frightening episode when he was 12 years old and playing a game of cops-and-robbers outside with his stepfather. A disgruntled neighbor "ended up calling the police saying 'there's a black man with a gun and a white man with a baseball bat,'" he said. A dozen or more cops descended on the neighborhood."I was too afraid to put my hands down, but everything in me wanted to put my hands down and reach for the gun as fast as I could just to show them, 'Hey, look, it's a fake gun,'" said Webb, who works as an industrial painter. Later, he asked one of the officers what would have happened if it had. "I remember him specifically looking down, and it still gives me chills to this day, he said it wouldn't have been pretty."Some of those surveyed in Oklahoma City said they were surprised to hear that the state had the highest rate of police violence against Black people in the country, both in the period 2000-2009 and the period 2010-2019.  The study by The Lancet, released in September, found that the age-standardized mortality rate per 100,000 population for non-Hispanic Blacks was three times the rate in Kentucky, for instance."It's sad because, you know, I'm a 72-year-old Caucasian; I'm not going to be treated the way other people are," said Candice Tracy, a retired mortgage banker. "And I guess I'm fortunate, but I was really surprised by that."Six in 10 of those in Oklahoma City said neither the news media nor the public had paid enough attention to the issue. But there was also skepticism about what has been reported. By double digits, 57%-36%, they said the news media exaggerates stories of police brutality and racism. For Latinos, public safety dominates On assessments of the police, Latinos are more likely to align with the views of whites than Black people, a finding that could carry political repercussions. They rated the police more favorably and public safety as a more dominant concern than African-Americans did.In Louisville, Latinos had an even more positive view of the police than whites did. By nearly 2-1, 61%-32%, they said the police used force only when necessary. In Oklahoma City, where nearly 1 in 5 residents are Hispanic, they said by 57%-25% that the police use of force was appropriate. "I'm satisfied" with the job the Oklahoma City police do, said Jamie Crowe, 42, who works for the local chamber of commerce and was called in the poll. She's become more concerned about rising incidents of crime and violence, sometimes tied to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. "When I go running along the river, I have to be eyes-wide-open," she said. "I have to pay attention."More:Exclusive poll finds Detroit residents far more worried about public safety than police reformLatinos in Louisville expressed more concerned about public safety than Black or white people. In Oklahoma City, only 1% of Hispanics and 1% of whites said police reform was the biggest issue facing the city, compared with 9% of Black people. Another 20% of Blacks cited race relations as the top issue. Education was the top issue for whites and Hispanics.In both cities, the idea of "defund the police" was rejected overwhelmingly across racial and ethnic lines. There was more support – by 47% in Louisville and 41% in Oklahoma City – for cutting some police funding to use the money for social services.The issues are complicated, said Angela Novey, 50, a partner in a pharmaceutical research company in Oklahoma City. She opposes "the vernacular" of "defund-the-police" but thinks it makes sense to cut some police funding in favor of social service programs that might be better suited to handle some situations. "I'm a white woman, and I never had an unpleasant run-in with the police, you know, in my adult life," Novey said. "I don't have to worry about being mistaken for someone else, or something happening where I am not treated fairly. I don't. I don't exist in a world that that happens for me. But I know it's out there, and I know it's there for other people."Contributing: Kala Kachmar and Morgan Watkins in Louisville; Hogan Gore and Jana Hayes  in Oklahoma City. 

Jamarcus Glover, main target of Breonna Taylor raid, avoids jail time on 3 cases – WLKY

By |2021-11-30T16:29:50-05:00November 30th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|


Breonna Taylor's ex-boyfriend, the target of police raids, sentenced to probation – 89.3 … – WFPL

By |2021-11-30T16:29:53-05:00November 30th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

The man who was the focus of a night of police raids that resulted in the killing of Breonna Taylor last year was sentenced in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Jamarcus Glover pleaded guilty to two charges of cocaine possession and one charge of drug trafficking. All other charges, including one for organized crime, were dismissed.  Judge Mitch Perry approved a plea deal offered by prosecutors that will have Glover serve five years of probation. As part of that, Glover is expected to return to his home state of Mississippi, if officials there agree to supervise his probation. Until then, he’ll be on home incarceration in Louisville.  Police raided Taylor’s apartment on March 13, 2020, as part of a larger narcotics investigation focusing on Glover, her ex-boyfriend. Glover told the Courier-Journal that Taylor was not involved in the drug trade. When police entered Taylor’s apartment by force after midnight, her current boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired his gun once. Police returned 32 shots, striking Taylor multiple times and killing her. Walker later said he thought they were intruders. Sam Aguiar, a local lawyer representing Taylor’s family, said in a statement Tuesday that the sentencing proved police should have never conducted the raids. He said police wasted resources and took Taylor’s life just to try to find “a little dope.” “Meanwhile, the actual violent criminals of our city continue to get away with murder,” Aguiar said. Glover is expected back in court on Thursday for another sentencing for a cocaine possession charge. A spokesperson for Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas Wine said that charge could increase his probation to six years.

Breonna Taylor's ex-boyfriend is sentenced on drug charges – WAVE 3

By |2021-11-30T15:38:31-05:00November 30th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The man at the center of the investigation that led to Breonna Taylor’s death, has 120 days to move to his home state of Mississippi. Jamarcus Glover, who was convicted of drug related charges, including trafficking in cocaine, was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson Circuit Court. Judge Mitch Perry sentenced Glover to seven years, but five of those will be served on probation provided he stays out of trouble. Perry also placed Glover on home incarceration effective immediately. Judge Mitch PerryGlover received a fierce warning from Perry who told him this is his last chance before he sentences him to prison time. Perry added that his court will be monitoring him in Mississippi even more closely and that his probation would be revoked if he gets a new charge there. During the hearing, Glover’s attorney told Perry that bringing Glover’s drug cases to a resolution was going to be “good for the city.”Glover was being investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department Place Based Investigations, or PBI, squad for selling drugs. The home being watched on Elliott Avenue, was referred to as the “trap house,” the investigative documents state. Breonna TaylorIt was Glover’s drug investigation that led PBI to obtain a warrant to enter Taylor’s apartment. According to the court documents, detectives discovered Glover listed Taylor’s home address as his primary residence in banking statements. He also used her address on his cell phone bills. Glover was also photographed leaving Taylor’s apartment, carrying a USPS package. The investigators believed Glover was using Taylor’s address to receive drugs through the mail. That part of the investigation has now been debated and contested, with conflicting testimonies about whether he was in fact receiving packages there. The FBI still has an open case on the circumstances surrounding Taylor’s death.Get the WAVE 3 News app on ROKU, Apple TV and Fire TV.(Source: WAVE 3 News)Copyright 2021 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.

Jamarcus Glover, the target of the Breonna Taylor raid, sentenced to 5 years probation – wdrb.com

By |2021-11-30T12:22:27-05:00November 30th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man who was the target of the Breonna Taylor raid will not go to jail for crimes he was arrested for that night.On Tuesday, Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry sentenced Jamarcus Glover to five years of probation, calling the sentence, "very generous."The sentence was part of the plea deal for Glover that did not include jail time.Glover was the target of the raid the night Breonna Taylor was killed.Glover getting 5 years probation. Judge Mitch Perry putting Glover on home incarceration for 120 days or until he moves back home to Mississippi. Judge calls sentence “very generous.”— Travis Ragsdale (@TravisRagsdale) November 30, 2021Glover and Taylor used to date, and police claimed Glover was storing drugs at Taylor's apartment. No drugs were found at the apartment, but Glover was arrested that night after drugs were found at a stash house over on Elliot Avenue. The plea deal was reached last month for Glover to avoid jail time.Judge Perry decided five years of probation is what was needed."Your behavior with me since the first case gives me great concern -- your attitude and your criminality," Judge Perry said. "Because if you come back here and try to explain why I need to take another chance on you? That's highly unlikely."Glover will be allowed to move to Mississippi, where he's from. But until then, he will be under house arrestThis story will be updated.Copyright 2021 by WDRB Media. All rights reserved.

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