Louisville city council declares 'no confidence' in mayor over handling of ...

The Louisville Metro Council on Thursday passed a resolution declaring 'no confidence' in the mayor over his handling of the Breonna Taylor case and its aftermath.

But members of the city council who supported the measure with a 22-4 vote stopped short of asking Mayor Greg Fischer to resign.

Instead, the resolution offered the mayor a list of more than a dozen reforms intended to regain the city's trust.

The Louisville Metro Council voted on Thursday 22-4 to declare 'no confidence' in Mayor Greg Fischer over his handling of the Breonna Taylor case

The Louisville Metro Council voted on Thursday 22-4 to declare 'no confidence' in Mayor Greg Fischer over his handling of the Breonna Taylor case

Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed on March 13 when Louisville police forced their way into her apartment using a 'no-knock' arrest warrant

Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed on March 13 when Louisville police forced their way into her apartment using a 'no-knock' arrest warrant

An earlier version of the resolution demanded that Fischer step down, but it had been amended prior to Thursday's vote.

'The Council believes that Mayor Greg Fischer failed to hold leadership of the Louisville Metro Police Department (“LMPD”) properly accountable,' the approved resolution stated.

Among the list of 14 recommendations proposed by the council were calls to ensure that 'complete investigative findings' into the killings of Taylor and David McAtee and subsequent civil unrest are shared publicly, and provide a 'public accounting' of all internal police investigations and ensure they are completed quickly, reported the Louisville Courier-Journal. 

Other proposed reforms include a complete review of the police department by year's end; ensuring that 'the demographic makeup of LMPD represents the diversity of Louisville Metro,' and promoting home ownership without displacement in impoverished areas.  

Following the council vote, Fischer, a Democrat, released a video acknowledging the mistakes he's made.

'With the benefit of hindsight, I see that given the choice of two difficult paths, I've sometimes taken the wrong one,' he said. 'I sometimes failed to recognize quickly enough where changes needed to be made... I apologize for all of this.'

Fischer noted that several of the reforms that were proposed by the council are already underway, including changes to police policies and procedures. 

But he conceded that additional changes are needed, including more affordable housing and closing racial gaps in wealth, education and opportunity. The mayor closed his remarks on a hopeful note, calling on the council and the city to work together to take Louisville 'from tragedy to

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