When 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker, was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March 2020 during a botched raid on her apartment, the country was collectively “traumatized” — particularly marginalized communities. While her death is an absolute tragedy, a law professor at the University of Kentucky writes that her death “transcends the narrative of bad-apple cops” and highlights the broken system backing search warrants, according to a forthcoming Boston University Law Review paper. “Something rots in law enforcement,” writes Blanche Cook, the paper’s author. “And it’s the search warrant.” “When police rammed the door of Breonna Taylor’s home and shot her six times in a hail of thirty-two bullets, they lacked legal justification for being there,” Blanche Cook, the paper’s author, details. “The affidavit supporting the warrant was perjurious, stale, vague, and lacking in particularity.” With that begins said, Cook explains that the point of her paper is less about Breonna’s death, and more about the legal circumstances that facilitated her killing. Too often, police officers lie to obtain warrants while magistrates “rubber stamp” facially defective warrants, failing individuals, Cook adds. All of this can be traced back to the Supreme Court’s legal doctrine that created the conditions for this botched search warrant execution. A Decaying Search Warrant System “Taylor’s killing exposed systemic problems in law enforcement that have fueled a public outcry for answers, explanations, transparency, reform, reparations, and a reconstitution of policing,” Cook begins, adding that in Taylor’s case, she wasn’t the focus of the investigation that led officers to her address. Instead, officers were looking for Jamarcus Glover, someone Taylor had dated in the past, but had ended their relationship before law enforcement secured the search warrant. In their investigation to Glover, Taylor’s address was added to the warrant list, along with four other warrant addresses — but only because an investigator swore that he “verified” through a United States Postal Inspector that Glover was receiving packages to Taylor’s home, later discovered to have been a lie, it was this false claim of “suspicious packages” that allowed the warrant to be cleared. Moreover, as part of the War on Drugs, the Supreme Court has given law enforcement the weapons necessary to declare war on certain communities, namely areas demarcated or branded as “high crime areas” — and thus allow for easier search warrant approval. This is the case for Taylor’s neighborhood, Cook explains. The warrant itself would not survive a Franks Hearing, meaning it would be determined that an officer lied to obtain the warrant, or meet the Standard of Probable Cause. Cook also explains that it lacked Nexus Evidence, or a link between the evidence and location, that connected Taylor to the drug activity — all of which culminates to the fact that the search warrant executed on Taylor’s apartment shouldn’t have been executed in the first place. Another element in this case is the no-knock warrant, which contributed to Breonna’s death. The investigator applying for the warrants used a boilerplate message requesting a no-knock entry saying that the drug traffickers had a history of attempt to destroy evidence — but this wasn’t true of Taylor or her circumstance. “She was not rumored to be a drug dealer. She had no participated in any drug exchange. She had no criminal history,” Cook detailed, noting that there was no reason for the warrant on her location to be approved as a no-knock execution. Instead, she was subjected to the most dangerous aspects of a SWAT raid, and while law enforcement claim they announced repeatedly before breaking down her door, it’s contested by sixteen of her neighbors. Unfortunately, Taylor’s story is one of thousands that take place in America, and the slippery slope of these warrants result in a general lack of police accountability when things go wrong — and end deadly. Lack of Police Accountability In the Taylor case, the Louisville police officers were not held accountable for their actions, as Cook details that affidavit has never been provided to or explained to the public, as well as the results of an independent probe have never seen daylight. Apparently, Cook also adds that no video record of the botched raid exists, considering Attorney General Daniel Cameron says that most officers were not wearing their body cameras, and those that had them, had them turned off. “Video provides much-needed proof for suppression hearings and civil damages claims,” Cook writes. “The absence of a video record is a severe impediment to truth-seeking that must be fully explained to the public.” The police also had time to “craft narratives of innocence,” Cook explains, noting that by the time statements were provided, police had the ability to work together and with an attorney to craft responses while potentially twisting the truth. Some of this can be seen in the attempt to cast Taylor’s surviving boyfriend as the villain, claiming that “he was reaching for his waistband.” Without video footage, everything becomes someone’s word against another. Solutions to Search Warrant Problems On September 15, 2020, the city of Louisville agreed to pay Taylor’s family $12 million and to reform police practices. While many are hopeful that it’s a step in the right reform direction, at the end of the day, Taylor lost her life because of the system, and that injustice must lend itself to actional solutions to policing problems, Cook writes. To begin, Cook advocates for the creation of multiple layers of independent reviews of police conduct. This way, combining transparency and real-time reviews, meaningful change can be made. Blanche Cook, photo courtesy Wayne State University. Moreover, Cook suggests that the Exclusionary Rule, which currently bars constitutionally violative evidence from trial, should be applied to unconstitutional warrants because currently, any materials cannot be collected to deliberate police misconduct. “It is imperative that evidence obtained through materially false statements in warrants be rejected regardless of the mens rea of the applicant,” Cook explained. She also suggests requiring higher justification for no-kick entry warrants. In Taylor’s case, the warrant application justified this type of intrusion into her home, only because the allowance was lumped together with five warrants for other people. This, Cook details, isn’t just. Lastly, Cook recommends that there be a data collection process on dynamic entries, and make all the information available to the public. She also advocates for the use of independent review boards to monitor judges and their decisions in executing search warrants. “Deliberate policy decisions facilitated the killing of Breonna Taylor and policy decisions can prevent the next Breonna Taylor,” Cook concluded. “We could do a lot more to avoid more Breonna Taylors if that is what we desire to do.” Blanche Cook is the Robert E. Harding Jr. Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law where she teaches criminal law and procedure, as well as trial advocacy and critical race theory. Before joining the University, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan. The forthcoming paper can be accessed here. Andrea Cipriano is associate editor of The Crime Report.
Former Louisville, Kentucky police officer Brett Hankison, the only officer charged for the raid that resulted in Breonna Taylor’s death, will testify in his own trial.According to WLKY, attorneys for Hankison filed a motion this week for him to testify in the February trial. He is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment and pleaded not guilty but no one was charged for Taylor’s deathAn internal investigation conducted by the Louisville Metro Police Department determined that the three officers involved, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove, should not have fired shots into her apartment in the fatal botched raid.In documents obtained by ABC News, the department’s Professional Standards Unit determined that the three officers should have held their fire after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot, believing intruders had broken into their home.According to an FBI ballistics report, Cosgrove fired the shot that killed Taylor while Hankison, standing outside of the apartment door, fired ten rounds into the apartment through a patio door with drawn blinds.It was found that Hankison fired three shots into a wall that connected to the adjacent apartment, which resulted in the wanton endangerment charge.Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove will also testify at Hankinson’s trial.RELATED: Breonna Taylor Case: Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron Speaks On “Wanton Endangerment” Charges Against One Police OfficerIn September of 2020, Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron announced that a grand jury declined to indict any officer in Taylor’s death.Hankison’s trial is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2022.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A new motion filed in Jefferson Circuit Court lists the witnesses called to testify in former LMPD Det. Brett Hankison’s trial for charges in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor.Hankison was the only officer charged in connection with the botched Louisville Metro Police raid in March 2020, but not directly for Taylor’s death. Instead, Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment after several rounds he fired ended up going into a neighboring apartment.The motion filed on Monday states Hankison will be called as first witness in his trial, which is scheduled for February.FULL COVERAGE: The Breonna Taylor caseOther witnesses that will be called to the stand include former LMPD Sgt. Jon Mattingly and former officer Myles Cosgrove.Mattingly was the officer shot by Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, the night of the raid. Walker said he believed someone was trying to break into his home and fired.The officers returned fire, and Cosgrove was the officer who fired the fatal shot that killed Taylor.Cosgrove was fired from LMPD for failing to identify a target and use of excessive force. Mattingly has since retired from the department.The list of 12 names are all current or former members of LMPD, the motion confirms.WAVE 3 News Now(WAVE 3 News)Copyright 2022 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.
A former Louisville Metro Police officer, charged in the raid on Breonna Taylor's home, plans to testify at his trial.Attorneys for Brett Hankison filed a motion this week.It includes a list of defense witnesses, including Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove.All three officers opened fire on Taylor's apartment after her boyfriend fired one shot, who said he believed the officers were intruders.Hankison is charged with wanton endangerment for firing several shots into a neighbor's apartment. The apartment was occupied during the time of the incident by a man, a pregnant woman and a child, but none were injured.Hankison was fired from the LMPD in June of 2020. More: Only LMPD officer charged after Breonna Taylor raid will get half of his bond backHankison was charged in September 2020 by a grand jury, the only officer charged in the case. He turned himself in to the Shelby County Jail the same day he was charged, but was released shortly after when he posted a $15,000 cash bond.His trial is scheduled to start in February. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former Louisville Metro Police officer, charged in the raid on Breonna Taylor's home, plans to testify at his trial.Attorneys for Brett Hankison filed a motion this week.
Here's what you can do in the Louisville area this week: Top January 2022 eventsKentucky Bridal and Wedding Expo. West Wing and Pavilion, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Features a bridal fashion show, live DJ and band demonstrations, vendors and wedding professionals to help plan your wedding. Cash prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend. Admission is free. 502-367-5000; kyexpo.org.Kentucky Classic. South Hall B, Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. the St., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. USA Gymnastics sanctioned competition. $20 for a weekend pass or $15 each day. kyconvention.org.Holiday Tree Recycling. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 2075 Clermont Road, Clermont, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 31. Bernheim’s entrance. 502-955-8512 bernheim.org.Film"Drive My Car" (Doraibu mai kâ). Speed Museum, 2035 South Third St., 6 p.m. Friday; 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday; noon Sunday.The story of a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. Mask required. $12, $8 Speed members. speedmuseum.org."Bree Wayy: Promise, Witness, Remembrance." Speed Museum, 2035 South Third St., 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The documentary looks at how the art world responded to the murder of Breonna Taylor through Amy Sherald’s portrait and the development of the Speed Art Museum’s Promise Witness Remembrance exhibition. Recommended for ages 14 and older. Mask required. Free. speedmuseum.org.SportsUniversity of Louisville Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Panthers. KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, 7 p.m. Thursday. Women’s basketball. Tickets start at $5. gocards.com; ticketmaster.com.Bellarmine University vs Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 2 p.m. Saturday. Women’s basketball. $10. 502-367-5000.Bellarmine University vs Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 7 p.m. Saturday. Men’s basketball. $15, $20 and $25 reserved seating. 502-367-5000.Bellarmine University vs Central Arkansas Bears. Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Men's basketball. $15, $20 and $25 reserved seating. 502-367-5000.Bellarmine University vs Central Arkansas Bears. Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Women’s basketball. $10. 502-367-5000.You may like:Jack Harlow to headline 2022 Forecastle, he says at first of 5 sold-out Louisville showsUniversity of Louisville Cardinals vs North Carolina State University. KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, 9 p.m. Wednesday. Men’s basketball. Tickets start at $10. gocards.com; ticketmaster.com.ToursLocust Grove. 561 Blankenbaker Lane, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Ground tours are offered at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Self-guided tours of the Historic House will be offered at 30-minute intervals between noon-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more information: locustgrove.org.Louisville Ghost Walks. A 90-minute walking tour of downtown Louisville's most famous addresses of ghost stories, murder and mayhem. Fridays, 7 p.m. Meet at the corner of Fourth and Broadway, by the statue of Mr. Brown at the Brown Hotel. Admission $18. Reservation required. For more information, call 502-689-5117, email LouGhstWalks@aol.com or visit louisvilleghostwalkingtour.com. More things to do in JanuaryWaterfront Botanical Gardens Hours. 1435 Frankfort Ave., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. A limited number of guests will be allowed at any one time and the Graeser Family Education Center will be closed except for the restrooms. Admission is free. waterfrontgardens.org.Kentucky Science Center. 727 W. Main St., starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Film: Turtle Odyssey will be shown at 10 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. COVID-19 pre-screening before entering the building; face masks will be required for entry for everyone over 12 and masks are encouraged for those aged 6-11. Admission: $17 for ages 13 and older, $13 for ages 2-12. For more information, call 502-561-6100 or visit kysciencecenter.org.ConcertsAshley McBryde: This Town Talks Tour. With Priscilla Block. Thursday, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $25.74. kentuckyperformingarts.org.Louisville Orchestra. Pianist Yuja Wang offers the world premiere of a concerto written by Teddy Abrams. Teddy Abrams, conductor. Part of the Coffee Series. Friday, 11 a.m., Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $23.40. kentuckyperformingarts.org.Kane Brown: Blessed & Free Tour. Performing modern country sounds. Friday, 7 p.m., KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza. Tickets start at $22. ticketmaster.com.Louisville Orchestra. Pianist Yuja Wang offers the world premiere of a concerto written by Teddy Abrams. Teddy Abrams, conductor. Part of the Classics Series. Saturday, 8 p.m., Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $49.14. kentuckyperformingarts.org.Born Cross Eye. Saturday, 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Tickets start at $15. zanzabarlouisville.com.Mood Ring Engagement. Saturday, 8 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Headliners requires proof of full vaccination or a 48-hour negative test administered by a healthcare professional to enter the building. Additionally, masks are required for all staff and encouraged for all patrons. $10. headlinerslouisville.com.You may like:'Call Me Kat' returns for season two but without its Kentucky writers. Here's what to knowThursday. Saturday, 8 p.m., Forester's Paristown Hall, 724 Brent St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask are required. Tickets start at $30. kentuckyperformingarts.org.Momix Viva Momix. Celebrating their 40th Anniversary. The group combines athletic dance, music, outrageous costumes, inventive props, and talent to create an entertaining multimedia experience. Sunday,, 7 p.m., Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $29.25. kentuckyperformingarts.org.Theater“Ali Summit.” Part of Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival of New Plays. In 1967, world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali met with a group of the top black athletes in the country, who questioned him about his conscientious objection to serving in the Vietnam War. This virtual project is a collaboration between playwright Idris Goodwin, director Robert Barry Fleming, and the extended reality storytellers and immersive artists of Crux Cooperative. Streaming now. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Pay-What-You-Can. This means you can select the price you’d like to pay. Please consider the number of people that may stream this project with you, and select a price that works best for you. $15-$100. For more information on tickets or how to watch, visit ActorsTheatre.org; 502-584-1205.“The Red Velvet Cake War.” Derby Dinner Playhouse presents this comedy about the Verdeens family reunion. Things spin out of control when a jaw-dropping, high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. Thursday-Saturday, 7:45 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 7:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 and 7:45 p.m., at the playhouse, 525 Marriott Dr., Clarksville, Indiana. Ends Feb. 13. Tickets are $39-$49. 812-288-8281. derbydinner.comVarietyStageOne Storytellers. The storybook program takes children’s favorite books and brings them to life. Books include: "Nobody Hugs a Cactus" by Carter Goodrich, "Maybe Tomorrow" by Charlotte Agell, and "Don’t Touch My Hair" by Shoree Miller. Saturday, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Lincoln Elementary, 930 E. Main St. Mask required. Tickets start at $5. stageone.org/for-kids/storytellers.More events this weekKentucky Science Center: Do Science. The center is offering a series of videos that feature activities that can be done easily using things from around the house. A new activity will be released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.They also have at-home activities: STEM at Home, a collection of Challenger Center lessons and activities that can be modified and completed at home. Each STEM at Home category includes at least one at-home lesson. These activities require common household items or products that are available online. For more information, visit kysciencecenter.org.Speed Art Museum: Speed Online. Features art activities; view films from the Speed Cinema; coloring page; Make Your Own Story, inspired by the exhibition Loose Nuts: Burt Hurley’s West End Story. Participants become the author, illustrator and creator of your own book and more. For more information, visit speedmueum.org.Louisville Parks and Recreation Golf Courses: Golf courses are open from daylight to dark seven days a week. In the clubhouses, food service will be limited to take-out only. Bathrooms and touchpoints will be cleaned multiple times daily, and golf carts will be limited to a single rider per cart, with carts being thoroughly cleaned after each use. Golfers are encouraged to keep 6 feet away from each other during play, based on guidance from the Department of Health and Wellness.Bobby Nichols Golf Course, 4301 E. Pages Lane. 9 holes. 502-937-9051Charlie Vettiner Golf Course, 10207 Mary Dell Lane. 18 holes. 502-267-9958Cherokee Golf Course, 2501 Alexander Road. 9 holes. 502-458-9450Crescent Hill Golf Course, 3110 Brownsboro Road. 9 holes. 502-896-9193Iroquois Golf Course, 1501 Rundill Road. 18 holes. 502-363-9520Long Run Golf Course, 1605 Flat Rock Road. 18 holes. 502-245-9015Seneca Golf Course, 2300 Pee Wee Reese Blvd. 18 holes. 502-458-9298Shawnee Golf Course, 460 Northwestern Parkway. 18 holes. 502-776-9389Sun Valley Golf Course, 6505 Bethany Lane. 18 holes. 502-937-9228Quail Chase Golf Course, 7000 Cooper Chapel Road. 27 holes. 502-239-2110Louisville Free Public Library is offering free digital services, including E-books, 160 popular magazines; At the Library series, a podcast featuring author talks, programs and events at the Louisville Free Public Library; Kanopy: a streaming video service that showcases more than 30,000 films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema; Lynda.com — an online learning resource offering more than 4,000 video courses covering everything from Microsoft Office to the Adobe Creative Suite, public speaking to business marketing, computer programming, IT management, photography, and more. For more information, visit lfpl.org.
On Sunday, the Speed Cinema will be having a free showing at 3:30 p.m. of the documentary “Bree Wayy: Promise, Witness, Remembrance.” The film runs 33 minutes. Filmmaker Dawn Porter, who also did “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” examines how artists responded to the murder of Breonna Taylor. The focus begins on the Amy Sherald portrait and how the Speed Art Museum’s Promise Witness Remembrance show was developed. During the process of the show, Sherald and the Speed made involving Taylor’s family high on the list of priorities during the curation of the show. Working, especially with Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer, the curating team looked to the family for guidance on the projects, inspiration for the title of the exhibition, the colors in the portrait and on the walls of the gallery. The family also suggested a timeline of Taylor’s life be included. The portrait belongs to the Speed and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The show, organized in just four short months, came together at an unusual speed, but with the coordinated efforts of national advisory, local community, research committees, Speed staff and the board of directors, the show created a new standard that has and will continue to inspire museums around the world. Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith of The New York Times named this exhibit one of the “Best Art Exhibitions of 2021.” High praise from some of the nations’ top critics. The film will show Sunday, Jan. 9, and is recommended for ages 14 and up.
Louisville is best known as the host of the Kentucky Derby and home of good bourbon, Mint Juleps, and the Hot Brown. Prior to Ferguson, even during the crack epidemic of the late 1980s and early ’90s, Louisville enjoyed relatively low rates of homicide and violent crime. Between 1980 and 2015, Louisville averaged 54 homicides per year. In 2015, Louisville topped 80 homicides for the first time since 1979. In 2016, the city had its then-deadliest year ever, with 117 murders. A Pretext For Protest In 2020, Breonna Taylor became the spark that ignited a conflagration when police attempting to serve a narcotics warrant shot and killed her in her apartment hallway after her boyfriend opened fire. The legacy media combined with Big Tech and some major corporations conspired to create a portrait of “systemic racism” and out-of-control cops serving a “no knock” warrant, gunning down yet another unsuspecting innocent victim as she tried to sleep in her home. As always, the truth is more complicated than the media spin. First, although a judge originally issued a “no-knock” warrant, the officers announced themselves, knocking multiple times and identifying themselves as police, as a neighbor in an adjoining apartment testified. When no one answered, officers breached the door, whereupon Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker started firing, striking one officer in the leg. In a volley of fire, Taylor was hit six times, though Walker was unscathed. Second, Taylor was a suspect because she was hip-deep in a criminal conspiracy and drug operation with her sometime-boyfriend, a twice-convicted drug dealer named Jamarcus Glover. Glover’s frequent run-ins with law enforcement entangled Taylor. She had been previously interviewed in a murder inquiry, in which the body of one of Glover’s associates wound up in the trunk of her rental car, and paid or arranged bail for him and his accomplices on multiple occasions. A GPS tracker placed on Glover’s vehicle showed him making regular trips to her apartment complex and surveillance photos showed Taylor outside a drug house. In a series of jailhouse phone calls after Taylor’s death, Glover, who was arrested the same night that Taylor was shot, was recorded attempting to arrange bail. He told another woman that he had left about $14,000 with Taylor. “Bre been having all my money,” he claimed. The same afternoon, he told another associate he had left money at Taylor’s home. The media has consistently reported that no money or drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment, but that is because in the ensuing chaos a search was never performed. Given the facts, it came as no surprise to most legal observers that after a four-month investigation, a grand jury handed down no charges against two of the officers while the third, Brett Hankison, was charged with “wanton endangerment” and fired from the force. Hankison was charged because he wildly discharged his weapon, shooting into other apartments in the complex. A Surge in Violence As a consequence of this series of unfortunate events, Black Lives Matter and Antifa—the paramilitary arm of the elite—protested for more than 180 consecutive days during the summer and fall of 2020. The great race “reckoning” gave rise to a good deal of bloodletting and violence, what Steve Sailer has called the “Floyd Effect.” Louisville closed out 2020 with a record number of criminal homicides, ending the year with 173 deaths, a 94 percent increase over 2019. The number of homicides in 2020 topped the city’s previous record of 117 homicides in 2016. Only Milwaukee had a greater percentage increase of homicides for 2020. Louisville also topped its record for nonfatal shootings, coming in at 585 shootings, an increase of 81 percent over the previous record. The surge in shootings hit the black community the hardest. Despite being 23.6 percent of the population, Louisville police reported 70 percent of homicide victims in 2020 were black, as were 80 percent of suspects arrested. The majority of homicides took place in two ZIP codes, both areas in West Louisville that have large black populations. This trend tracks national level data. According to a USA Today analysis of gun violence statistics, mass shootings in 2020 surged by 47 percent. The largest increases were in states with cities that have disproportionately large black and Latino populations. Louisville also saw a major increase in carjacking crimes, which increased by 160 percent in 2020. In total, there were 211 carjackings reported in 2020. And 2021 saw even greater violence, ending as the deadliest on record with 188 homicides. A total of 583 people suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds–123 of these victims were children as were 24 of the deaths. As in 2020, the impact of the violence is primarily a result of black-on-black crime, with 75 percent of homicide victims and 73 percent of suspects being black. Carjackings are also up 150 percent since 2019 and reached 209 before the end of October. De-Policing Craven leadership within the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and political class is driving the increase in crime. In May 2019, then-chief Steve Conrad, who had previously received votes of no confidence from the Fraternal Order of Police and the Metro Council, introduced new traffic stop policies in direct response to the controversial stop of a Louisville teen who, after allegedly making a “wide turn,” was pulled from his car, frisked, and handcuffed while a drug-sniffing dog and police searched his vehicle. Proactive policing plummeted after the chief’s announcement of the new traffic stop policy. “Self-initiated” policing includes traffic stops, business checks, and pedestrian stops. The week before the policy changes were unveiled self-initiated activities totaled 2,650. The week after they were announced, there were 1,293—a decline of more than 50 percent in just two weeks. Under attack by leadership, force morale took a hit. Within months local media reported a raft of departures from the force, aggravating an existing shortage of officers. Nearly 10 percent of the LMPD force departed in 2019, many taking positions in other local departments. Cops were further handcuffed during the rioting following George Floyd’s death in May, 2020. On May 28, violence erupted in Louisville, ending with seven people shot. Mayor Greg Fischer shared a statement from Breonna Taylor’s family, asking that protesters “do not succumb to the levels that we see out of the police.” Understandably, emotions are high. As Breonna’s mother says, let’s be peaceful as we work toward truth and justice. pic.twitter.com/DBQ4QPxlov — Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) May 29, 2020 Fischer, who months earlier ordered police to collect the license plate information of church attendees, imposed a dusk to dawn curfew. But within days he ended the curfew, which wasn’t being enforced, anyway. When asked what citizens should do if they encounter rioting or looting, the mayor said, “If you see anything going awry, tell people to chill.” Police officers reached out to local media claiming that the mayor was ordering them to retreat and stand down even when protests endangered the public and officers. “One ranking officer who spoke anonymously, and some members of Metro Council, said Fischer’s office is more concerned about how the police response to violent protesters is going to look in the media than he is about people’s safety.” Conrad was fired on May 31, 2020. He was followed by two interim chiefs. Eventually the position was filled by Ericka Shields, who had been run out of Atlanta after the Rayshard Brooks shooting. Shields took over a force in July 2021 with 300 vacant positions. An outside audit at the time of Shields’ hiring found that 75 percent of Louisville officers said they would leave to join another department if possible. Spreading Violence The violence gripping Louisville is increasingly random, and moving into suburban areas. On three occasions since September, citizens have been shot on highways in Louisville. In September, 16-year-old Tyree Smith was killed, and two other teens injured, after a gunman fired on a group of students at a city bus stop. On December 23, a man was shot and killed in a Waffle House parking lot in the Louisville suburb of Fern Creek. On the same day, Karson Reitz allegedly shot two men dead at Roosters, another local restaurant. Another man was shot in an eastern suburb of Louisville after coming to the aid of his wife, who was being carjacked. A fitness center located in a complex with Whole Foods was peppered with gunfire in early December. The Bigger Picture Louisville’s rising crime rate mirrors national trends. Urban centers across the country have seen surges in violence. Crime rates, which have plummeted since the 1990s, skyrocketed in 2020 despite COVID lockdowns. The Manhattan Institute’s Rafael Mangual reported in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed that 30 major American cities recorded record or near-record homicides in 2021. FBI statistics show that homicides jumped by nearly 30 percent last year compared with 2019, from 16,669 to 21,570 During the orgy of anarchy following the death of George Floyd, cops were shot and assaulted. In many cities, their vehicles and station houses were firebombed. Monuments to America’s great men were defaced and defiled. The push to defund police gained significant support. All the while, the elite remained either silent or provided aid and comfort to the BLM movement and the streets were filled with guilt-ridden whites offering obeisance for their many sins. The American elite spent 2020 yammering about a racial reckoning while sacralizing the violence of Black Lives Matter in the name of “diversity,” “inclusion,” and “equity.” Perhaps this assuaged the guilt of self-hating whites, but it did not improve the lives of blacks. According to the Washington Post, police killed 14 unarmed black men in 2020. Heather Mac Donald writes that in 2021, four unarmed blacks were killed by officers, while 26 officers were killed by black suspects. Meanwhile, there were more than 600 riots in 220 American cities between May and September, 2020. How many thousands of blacks were killed in 2020 as a result of the national freakout over race and the violence it spawned? The American elite fomented a revolution for the purpose of unseating a president they perceived as a threat—real or imagined. The violence they spawned continues to spiral out of control. One hopes that they won’t avoid the Reign of Terror they have unleashed on the rest of America.
Mayor Greg Fischer’s more-than-a-decade run as head of Louisville’s government has basically broken into two parts: before 2020, and after. In the before 2020 years, Fischer’s business deals, “compassionate city” catch phrase and consistent visibility made him extremely popular — in 2018, he won the Democratic primary with 74.7% of the vote. But, during 2020 — after COVID moved in, after the LMPD killing of Breonna Taylor, after the civil rights protests that followed — the criticism of Fischer, and the effectiveness and transparency of the mayor’s office, began to pile up. As we enter 2022, Fischer has one more year as Louisville’s mayor before term limits set in. During a one-on-one end of the year sit-down at Metro Hall on Dec. 23, LEO met with Fischer to talk about some of the biggest issues surrounding the city. It was impossible to get to all of the issues sweeping through Louisville in the 15 minutes we were allowed for the interview, but here’s the conversation that we had. LEO: I wanted to dive right into some big issues and leave the back end of the conversation for some more open-ended questions. So, three people in the jail recently died, one of which Metro Corrections has requested a civil rights investigation into by the FBI. [Editor’s Note: Another person has died in the jail since this conversation. All four deaths happened in a 33 day period]. The DOJ is obviously also investigating the LMPD for discriminatory policing, [and] using force on protesters. There’s obviously good cops in the city, almost nothing is a monolith. But, there are also patterns, which you’re well aware of. Your administration has used the term ‘compassionate city’ for a long time. Do you think local law enforcement and the criminal justice system has been compassionate to Louisvillians? And do you think your administration has done enough to keep them fair, equitable and just? Mayor Greg Fischer: I’m pleased that people hold us to this idea of being a compassionate city, so that should be something we’re all proud of to say: We aspire to that. When I see any kind of failure, you have to ask: Is it intentional? Or is it a result of big numbers and bad things are going to happen? So, when it’s a process or a program or a training failure, we can address that. When it’s an individual malfeasance or illegal behavior that needs to be addressed too. So, the Department of Justice investigation into LMPD — there are four new DOJ investigations announced this year, some 70 cities are in some type of review period — is going to help make LMPD a much better organization, in my mind. We’re embracing it as a city, for that way. The jail situation: We’ve had four death in the jail this year, an average year is in the six to seven range. Three of them just happened to happen in one week. The one that we reported to the FBI was concerning, obviously that’s why we reported it. So, it’s under investigation. I can’t really say much more than that. When there are instances that we see clearly very disturbing behavior took place, we’re going to make sure we understand what that is and people will be held to accountable and systems will be changed, if they need to be changed. What has your relationship with Metro Council been like this past year, since they passed the no confidence resolution on you in the fall of 2020? I know you considered the steps they asked for, because I went back and watched your reaction to the resolution, where you put some of the blame on your own shoulders, and said that you wanted to create a path to work with them, and address the city’s biggest issues. So, what’s the relationship been like, what’s the dynamic been like and how have you all been working toward those steps together, and on the biggest issues for the city? It’s been a lot easier to work with the council because we’ve got more resources that have come from the Coronavirus Relief Fund and the American Rescue Plan. For 10 years, basically, we’ve been having to reduce the budget because of, primarily, pension increases and things like that — that were beyond our control. So, this is the first time that we’ve actually had resources to work with. So, we’ve done that in conjunction with the council. There’s been a bunch of good programs created as a result of that. So, I feel like the council relations are strong right now. We still have more resources left to work on, as well. And the reality is, when you have 26 council people, you’re going to have people who disagree with you from time to time, and that’s normal — that’s part of the process. We had unprecedented challenges as a city last year, in the summer of 2020. Certainly we were not alone as a city in that. It would have been preferable if everybody came together to work on those in the right way, but that didn’t happen. So, Louisville already passed the record number of homicides again this year. [Editor’s Note: A reminder the conversation happened on Dec. 23, 2021]. I know that we’ve been investing in things like GVI [Group Violence Intervention], we have the office of safe and healthy neighborhoods, we have people like Dr. Eddie Woods with No More Red Dots. There are initiatives in place, but when we see numbers like we saw this year, what are the next steps, how do we go further, to curb this violence? We, as a city, have had a series of one-off things that have not been funded properly. We don’t have a fully-funded system in place — we’re on a path in ’22 to having that in place, both by the increases in this last fiscal year budget, started July 1, quadrupled the amount of spending to almost $20 million outside of law enforcement, in areas like prevention and intervention and things that you spoke about. We were able to pass the police contract that provides completive pay for police officers, so hopefully we can get some stabilization in the police force and then in the American Rescue Plan funding that just passed, some $40 million or so in additional public safety measures, from everything from technology to deflection models to increased investment in intervention, the kind of work that Eddie Woods is doing. So, ’22 I’m hoping is going to be a much improved year, because it will be the first year that we’ve got a funded system, if you will, around public safety, because most people just look at the police force, or law enforcement, for public safety — it’s much broader than that. That’s just one of what we call six pillars. In August, the Metro government announced it will spend at least $3 million to establish a safe outdoor space for homeless individuals, with plans to purchase property in Old Louisville. What’s the status of that safe outdoor space? It’s progressing well. We closed on the property last month. We will be announcing an operator of it in the first or second week in January. And we hope to have residents there in February. So, it will consist of, obviously, a safe location for people that want to stay outdoors. A lot of people don’t understand that some people don’t want to move inside a building, so we want a safe outdoor space for them. There will be mental health assistance for them there, transitional help for folks that do want to move to more permanent housing and there will be a place to wash your clothes and shower and eat and that type of thing. So, that’s one of four stages we have on the money that we’re putting to work with the American Rescue Plan funds. So, safe outdoor space is the first, and then transitional housing is the second and then permanent supportive housing and then more investment in affordable housing. So, that’s a big story from this past year. The significant amount of money that we’re able to dedicate to that area.
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CARLYLE, Ill. (AP) — Police have arrested a Kentucky man in connection with the fatal shooting of an eastern Illinois deputy early Wednesday and a carjacking in neighboring Missouri a couple of hours later.An Illinois State Police SWAT team arrested Ray Tate, 40, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on Wednesday afternoon at a home in Carlyle where Tate allegedly committed a home invasion and took the homeowner hostage in addition to the carjacking victim, police said.Tate was charged with murder by the Wayne County State’s Attorney and lodged in the Clinton County Jail.Shively mayor: New auction lot for Louisville's abandoned vehicles will 'diminish area'Neither the carjacking victim nor the home invasion victim was injured, police said.No other suspect was being sought, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.The Wayne County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that Deputy Sean Riley responded to a motorist assist call on Interstate 64 near Mill Shoals around 5 a.m. Wednesday. A second officer who arrived at the scene found Riley dead. The deputy’s squad car was later found abandoned on I-64.The search for the suspect extended to St. Peters, Missouri, where police believe a man involved in a shooting and carjacking shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday at a QuikTrip convenience store was the same person who killed the deputy.More news:Ta'Neasha Chappell's family hires Breonna Taylor's legal team after her Indiana jail deathSt. Peters police spokeswoman Melissa Doss said in an email that “there was evidence at the QuikTrip scene which indicates the suspect was also involved in the series of crimes which occurred in Illinois earlier this morning.” She declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.St. Peters police said the man drove away from the convenience store in a car that was later found near Interstate 70 in nearby O’Fallon, Missouri. The suspect then stole a white pickup truck, police said.Carlyle is 47 miles (76 kilometers) east of St. Louis.