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Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former Louisville MPD detective in death of Breonna Taylor

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday the completion of the Special Prosecution Unit’s (SPU) investigation into the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. The findings of the investigation were presented to a Jefferson County Grand Jury, and the Grand Jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment, a Class D felony. “The...

Bellarmine University to hold racial-justice panel discussion Thursday; virtual event open to public

Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and David McAtee — three of the many Black people killed by police in the United States this year. Social and political mobilization related to these killings, and to racial injustice more broadly, has grown in many cities, including Louisville. But how do we come to a critical understanding of this moment, and what is the right response? On Thursday (Sept. 17) from 6...

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...

Scott pre-files ‘Breonna’s Law’ to end no-knock search warrants, increase police accountability

State Rep. Attica Scott has pre-filed legislation to end the use of no-knock search warrants in Kentucky and to increase police accountability. The legislation is in response to the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed in her home by police carrying out a no-knock search warrant in early March. Scott unveiled the proposed Breonna’s Law at Injustice Square Park, the central point of protests...

Billy Reed: We must hope Churchill Downs comes to its senses; big Derby crowd is too great a risk

In announcing Churchill Downs plan for what’s left of the Kentucky Derby, track president Kevin Flanery said in a news release, “We’re optimistic that this time-honored event, which belongs to our community and our country, will serve as a progressive and unifying force that can help bring us together.” Really? I would like to think Flanery is right. Instead, I’m wondering what they are...

Bill Straub: Art and history, statues and reality — removing any offending art does not change the past

A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid to view Picasso’s Guernica, one of the most amazing and unsettling works of art imaginable. It depicts the April 1937 bombing of the Basque city of Guernica by the Nazis at the request of the Nationalists, led by Generalissimo Francisco Franco, during the Spanish Civil War. The painting, in stark black and white and greys,...

Beyoncé urges Kentucky attorney general to file charges against officers in Breonna Taylor shooting

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In a Sunday letter penned to her website, music superstar Beyoncé is asking Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to charge the Louisville police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. She said the investigation into the shooting has led to weeks of protests in the city and “created more questions than answers.” Singer Beyonce Knowles wrote an open...

Bill Straub: It’s the autocratic way — using (or threatening) military force against U.S. citizens

The nation dodged a bullet, figuratively and, perhaps, literally, this week when President Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, failed to follow through on his threat to deploy the military to deal with the generally peaceful protests generated in wake of the death of George Floyd up in Minneapolis. Floyd, an African-American, died when a white policeman,...

University of Louisville nursing scholarship created to honor Breonna Taylor; four-year renewable award

By John Karman III University of Louisville To honor the memory of the EMT from Louisville, the University of Louisville Health Board of Directors is creating a nursing scholarship in the name of Breonna Taylor. The Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund in Nursing will be a four-year renewable award. In choosing the recipient, preference would be granted to a Black female who is a Kentucky resident....

Dr. Sonja Feist-Price: There is an opportunity to chart a new path forward, starting now

• Ahmaud Arbery, age 25, Brunswick, Georgia — February 23 • Breonna Taylor, age 26, Louisville, Kentucky — March 13 • Steven Taylor, age 33, San Leandro, California — April 18 • George Floyd, age 36, Minneapolis, Minnesota — May 25 • Tony McDade, age 38, Tallahassee, Florida — May 29 These individuals reflect the most recent unjust killings of African Americans. These repeated...

Bill Straub: Quite a pair. As Trump disintegrates, McConnell just keeps digging grave for democracy

America’s Il Duce, one Donald John Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, in MacArthur-returns-to-the-Philippines mode, stormed Lafayette Park like a ground sloth on Monday to stand in front of a church and display a book he has never read, The Bible, whose passages he couldn’t distinguish from a limerick that starts “There once was a man from...

Focus On Race Relations Frankfort group condemns effigy hanging on 111th anniversary of lynching

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An event to condemn the hanging in effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear last month, as well as to mark the 111th anniversary of the lynching of an African American man on a Frankfort bridge, took place this week on the Capitol grounds. Focus On Race Relations Frankfort sponsored the Wednesday event that was attended by several hundred people, which had community representatives speak,...

Gov. Beshear meets with mother of Breonna Taylor, orders KSP investigation of David McAtee’s death

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on demonstrations in Louisville and the investigations into deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee. “As we move forward, we will be reducing our National Guard presence in Louisville,” the Governor said. “That is a recommendation by our adjutant general that we will be following.” Gov. Beshear talked about the search for justice for Breonna...

‘You can’t fight violence with violence,’ says mother of Louisville shooting victim Breonna Taylor

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear held a press conference on Monday to discuss the violence in Louisville these past few days in the wake of the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a black EMT worker who was shot to death at her home in March by police. The protests followed the release of a 911 call Taylor’s boyfriend made on March 13, moments after the 26-year-old was shot eight times...

Gov. Beshear sends National Guard to Louisville to quell violence; reports 247 COVID cases, 13 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear said that as the state continues to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), outside groups are poised to create violence against peaceful demonstrators and law enforcement, in the demonstrations related to the death of Breonna Taylor.   The Governor issued a video message and signed a letter to deploy approximately 350 Kentucky National Guardsmen to help provide safety and...

Billy Reed: Racism has to stop now. What’s wrong with us? What can we cure this insidious disease?

“…I have a dream that the day will come when my four little children will live in a nation where they are judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character…” The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963 It sounded as simple and right then as it still does now....