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Louisville Mayor could face vote of no-confidence after seven council members request resignation

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The seven Republican members of Louisville Metro Council are co-sponsoring a resolution seeking a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, and requesting his resignation from office.

This is the latest fallout from the investigation into the shooting death of Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor, by Louisville narcotics detectives while serving a no-knock warrant and subsequent civil unrest in the city.

Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, told WAVE-TV, “We have been waiting too long to get to the bottom of what happened to Breonna. The mayor’s office needs to quit hiding the truth so that we can move forward with healing our city.”

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Resolution 110 is sponsored by Minority Caucus Chair Kevin Kramer, Minority Caucus Vice-Chair Scott Reed, Councilmembers Marilyn Parker, Anthony Piagentini, Stuart Benson, Robin Enge and James Peden. The resolution was filed Monday and will receive its first reading at the August 20 Metro Council meeting.

In sponsoring the resolution, Kramer stated, “I have tried every way possible to advocate for transparency and accountability with this administration. We have sought answers through cooperative means but have been denied access to information and people who have been out front working to implement the mayor’s policies.”

Kramer continued, “The mayor’s decision to file suit against the Metro Council to deny us the opportunity to question government employees left us with little hope that Mayor Fischer will do the right thing. I feel there is nothing left that can be done, except seek the mayor’s resignation.”

The lawsuit filed last week aims to stop the city’s Government Oversight Committee from questioning Louisville Metro Police Chief Rob Schroeder and Public Safety Director Amy Hess under oath and in public, according to the television station. Both city officials offered to answer the committee’s questions in “executive session,” meaning, behind closed doors and out of public view.

Committee Chairman Brett Ackerson said that was not acceptable, and that he will not prevent the public from hearing their testimony.

The resolution would not remove Fischer from office but would allow each Metro Council member the opportunity to express their position on the decisions of this administration as well as the direction the city is headed.

Metro Council Republicans say the resolution points out the failure of Mayor Fischer to live up to promises of transparency and accountability, as well as the escalation of homicides since 2016 with the current year projected to break recorded murder rates for the city.

They say it also points out the many scandals that have occurred due to the actions of mayoral appointees such as exploited children and employees through the Explorer Program, TARC and other departments within Louisville Metro Government.

Protests have been ongoing in Louisville, following the May release of a 911 call Taylor’s boyfriend made, moments after the 26-year-old was shot by narcotics detectives who knocked down her front door. The noise prompted her boyfriend to fire a shot, wounding one of the officers. They returned fire, and Taylor was struck eight times. No drugs were found in the home.

In addition to the Louisville protests, several hundred people attended a rally which was held outside the state Capitol in Frankfort on June 25 to protest the shooting.

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