Louisville, Kentucky City Council on Thursday evening approved a “no confidence” resolution against Mayor Greg Fischer, citing his handling of the death of Breonna Taylor and the riots that followed.
The resolution expressing “concern / no confidence in the leadership of Mayor Greg Fischer” was passed 22: 4. A previous resolution calling on the mayor to resign was rejected in favor of specific reform.
“The council believes that Mayor Greg Fischer has not properly held the leadership of the Louisville Metro Police Department (” LMPD “) accountable,”
The list of recommendations included calls to increase affordable housing, limit development in vulnerable neighborhoods unless development is black-owned and affordable, and conduct a full police review by the end of the year.
Fischer replied humbly, saying in a video on Thursday evening: “The Metro Council expressed its displeasure with how I met some of these challenges.”
“I apologize for that,” he said.
Events in Louisville have been under national scrutiny since police shot and killed paramedic Breonna Taylor while she was serving a knock-free arrest warrant in March. Taylor was at her home with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when Louisville officials raided their home shortly after midnight.
An arrest warrant was issued to look for drugs or cash from drug trafficking in connection with an investigation of her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, a convicted drug dealer. Authorities said Glover used Taylor’s address to receive packages.
No drugs or money were found during the raid, according to the warrant inventory document obtained from NBC News.
Officers have said they were shot at when they entered the house, but Taylor’s family have said that Walker believed the house was being broken into and fired his legally-owned gun to defend themselves.
In June, Louisville officials passed the Breonna Act. The measure banned the use of arrest warrants that allow police to forcefully enter people’s homes without warning.
The city of Louisville on Tuesday settled a US $ 12 million unlawful death sentence filed by Taylor’s family, which the city did not admit to any wrongdoing.
Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, sued three Louisville Metro Police Department officers in late April. The lawsuit alleged that the police used excessive force and that the search was grossly negligent. In an amended complaint filed in July, Taylor’s family alleged the raid was linked to a gentrification project.
Palmer said at a press conference Tuesday that the settlement was “just the beginning of full justice” for her daughter.
“We mustn’t lose focus on the actual job,” said Palmer. “It’s time to move on with the criminal charges because she deserves this and much more.”
Two officers involved in the raid and the detective who received the warrant were taken on administrative leave. An officer, Brett Hankison, who shot 10 rounds blind in Taylor’s apartment, was released in June.
None of the officers involved in the case have been charged.
Taylor, who had no previous convictions, has become a national symbol of racial injustice as her death has received increasing attention in recent months. Her image was shared on social media when thousands of people, including NBA stars LeBron James and Oprah Winfrey, demanded that officials be charged with her deaths.
Dennis Romero contributed.