Louisville city council votes ‘no confidence’ in mayor for handling of Breonna Taylor case


Louisville, Kentucky’s city council Thursday night approved a “no confidence” resolution against Mayor Greg Fischer, citing his handling of the death of Breonna Taylor and the unrest that followed.

The resolution expressing “concern/no confidence in the leadership demonstrated by Mayor Greg Fischer” passed 22-4. An earlier resolution asking the mayor to resign was nixed in favor of one seeking specific reforms.

“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 recommendations were calls to increase affordable housing, limit development in at-risk neighborhoods unless the development is black-owned and affordable, and complete a top-to-bottom review of the police department by the end of the year.

Fischer responded with humility, saying in a video Thursday night, “Metro Council voiced its displeasure about how I’ve handled some of those challenges.”

Events in Louisville have been under national scrutiny since police shot and killed emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor while serving a “no-knock” warrant in March. Taylor was in her home with boyfriend Kenneth Walker when Louisville officers raided her apartment just after midnight.