Some of the actions include promoting social and racial equality policies, committing to full transparency of government action and a complete overhaul of the Louisville Metro Police Department by the end of this year.
The resolution states that there will be further steps by the council if the mayor does not take these steps. Many council members expressed frustration during the two-hour debate on the resolution, saying it was unaccountable and that the metro council was the only mechanism to hold the mayor back.
In a televised statement after the vote, Fischer said it was an opportunity for the council, his office and the community as a whole to work together to transform the city.
“We have huge challenges ahead and to move forward, we need to work together. And we need to work together in good times as well as in difficult times like these. Many of the political ideas discussed by the council are ongoing and together we have already made changes. in LMPD policies and procedures, “he said.
The initial resolution, drafted by a group of Democratic council members, strongly criticized Fischer’s actions and explicitly called for his resignation. The resolution passed does not include this language and was amended by Democrat Markus Winkler. Focuses on the council and the mayor working together to promote the wish list.
The resolution serves only as a recommendation of the council. If requested, the council does not have the exclusive power to remove Fischer from office.
“I would just like to say that I hope we take this as an opportunity to find a way forward,” Winkler said during the meeting. “I hope the administration sees this as an opportunity to work together to improve the lives of all Louisville Metro residents, and I appreciate the work of President James and the work of everyone else in it.”
The city of Louisville has agreed to pay $ 12 million to the Taylor family and enact extensive police reform in a historic settlement of the unjust death lawsuit.