Louisville, Kentucky City Council Thursday night passed a “no confidence” resolution against Mayor Greg Fischer, citing his handling of Breonna Taylor’s death and the riots that followed.
The resolution expressing “concern / distrust in the leadership shown by Mayor Greg Fischer” was passed 22-4. A previous resolution calling for the mayor to step down was rejected in favor of one seeking specific reforms.
“The Council believes that Mayor Greg Fischer failed to hold the leadership of the Louisville Metro Police Department (” LMPD “) adequately accountable,”
Among the list of recommendations were requests to increase affordable housing, limit development in at-risk neighborhoods unless the building is black-owned and accessible, and complete a top-to-bottom overhaul of the Department of police by the end of the year.
Fischer responded humbly, saying in a video Thursday evening “the Metro Council expressed its disappointment at how I have addressed some of these challenges.”
“I apologize for that,” he said.
Events in Louisville have come under national scrutiny since police shot and killed emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor while serving a “don’t knock” warrant in March. Taylor was at her home with fiance Kenneth Walker when Louisville officers broke into her apartment shortly after midnight.
A warrant was carried out to search for drugs or money from drug trafficking in connection with an investigation involving her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, a convicted drug dealer. Glover was using Taylor’s address to receive the packages, according to authorities.
No drugs or money were recovered during the raid, according to the search warrant inventory document obtained by NBC News.
Officers said they were hit by fire when they entered the house, but Taylor’s family said Walker believed the house had been breached and fired his legally owned pistol to defend himself.
In June, Louisville officials passed Breonna’s law. The measure banned the use of no-knock warrants, which allow police to forcibly enter people’s homes without warning.
The City of Louisville settled a manslaughter lawsuit filed by Taylor’s family for $ 12 million on Tuesday, which did not require the city to admit any wrongdoing.
Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, sued three officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department 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 said the raid was linked to a gentrification project.
Palmer said at a press conference Tuesday that the deal was “just the beginning of getting full justice” for his daughter.
“We mustn’t lose focus on what the real job is,” Palmer said. “It’s time to move on with the criminal charges, because he deserves it and so much more.”
Two officers involved in the raid and the detective who got the warrant were placed on administrative leave. An officer, Brett Hankison, who fired 10 shots blindly in Taylor’s apartment he was fired in June.
None of the officers involved in the case were charged.
Taylor, who had no criminal record, has become a national symbol of racial injustice as her death has gained more attention in recent months. His image was shared on social media as thousands of people, including NBA star LeBron James and Oprah Winfrey, demanded that officers be charged with his death.
Dennis Romero contributed.