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Louisville Metro Council passes vote of no confidence against mayor over handling of Breonna Taylor case

September 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Louisville Metro Council passed a resolution Thursday night that expresses no-confidence in Mayor Greg Fischer for his lack of transparency and mishandling of the Breonna Taylor case, a 26-year-old EMT killed in her home by police.

(CNN)The Louisville Metro Council passed a resolution Thursday night that expresses no-confidence in Mayor Greg Fischer for his lack of transparency and mishandling of the Breonna Taylor case, a 26-year-old EMT killed in her home by police.

The resolution, which passed 22 to 4, also outlines a detailed list of actions the mayor needs to take in order to "restore trust between the residents of Louisville Metro and its government and to ensure the safety and equality of all its residents. "

Some of the actions include advancing policies for social and racial equity, committing to total transparency of government actions and a full review of the Louisville Metro Police Department by the end of this year.

The resolution states there will be further steps by the council if the mayor fails to advance these actions.

Many council members expressed irritation during the two-hour debate over the resolution, saying it lacked accountability and that the metro council was the only mechanism for holding the mayor to the demands.

In a video statement after the vote, Fischer said this is an opportunity for the council, his office and the community as a whole to work together for the city's transformation.

The original resolution, which was authored by a group of Republican council members, sharply criticizes Fischer's actions and explicitly asked for his resignation.

It focuses on the council and mayor working together to move the list of desired actions forward.

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