LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two members of Metro Council are filing a resolution to investigate Mayor Greg Fischer’s (D) administration and its handling of the events leading up to and following Breonna Taylor’s death.
Government Oversight and Audit Chair Brent Ackerson (D-26) and Vice-Chair Anthony Piagentini (R-19) announced their intention to file earlier today. The investigation will look at government transparency or lack thereof, the events surrounding the death of David McAtee and the use of force during protests.
Taylor was killed while two Louisville Metro Police Department officers executed a no-knock warrant at her apartment. McAtee, a local business owner, was killed during recent protests.
Ackerson and Piagentini intend to make this a formal investigation under KRS 67C.103(13)(f) and Metro Council rule 4A.04(b).
Their resolution will officially be read at Metro Council’s July 23, 2020 meeting.
“The matters to be investigated pertain to knowledge the public has demanded and has a right to know about. The Metro Council will ensure that the citizens of Louisville receive the transparency they deserve,” said Ackerson.
“We have heard the cries of our citizens. They are demanding more transparency about who made what decisions and why related to these troubling events. We will do what we are elected to do. We will represent the people and ensure our local government is transparent and that local leaders are held accountable for their decisions,” said Piagentini.
"The Mayor welcomes the Council review, which comes in addition to the state Attorney General’s investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, and independent reviews by the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice, which the Mayor fully supports," said Jean Porter, Fischer's communications director.
"In addition to those, the Mayor has authorized a top-to-bottom review of the Louisville Metro Police Department, as well as a Sentinel Event Review of all actions related to the Breonna Taylor case.
"And to be clear, he is not waiting on any of these reviews to make changes, as evidenced by his decision to ban no-knock warrants, to require broader use of body cameras, and replace prior leadership at LMPD."