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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer calls for 'top-to-bottom' review of police department

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 12:24:45-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) — After a Wednesday morning news conference, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has announced a request for proposals as he tries to clean up the city's police department.

Fischer said he's looking for a "top-to-bottom" review of the department days after firing Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad. He was fired shortly after the mayor announced there was no officer body camera video from the police shooting that left popular restaurant owner David McAtee dead early Monday morning.

Mayor Fischer said he's looking to review several areas, including the use of force, accountability, training, and community engagement and supervision.

The mayor said he'd heard repeated concerns about the officers involved in Breonna Taylor's shooting death and why they have not been fired. He said state and federal laws take priority over local laws, and they are written in a way, along with the collective bargaining agreement between the department and the city, that prevent termination without an investigation in a case like this. Fischer said people must vote.

"You won't change the law, so you have to change the people who make the laws," he said. "I urge you to take this fight from the streets to the voting booth."

Rob Schroeder will continue to serve as interim chief.