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Probe to be launched into Louisville mayor’s mishandling of Breonna Taylor case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Metro Council intends to launch an investigation into how Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration handled the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, officials announced Monday. 

The probe will be conducted by the city’s Government Oversight Committee, which has subpoena powers, the committee’s leadership said at a Monday press conference. 

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“The citizens of this community, including members of this Metro Council, have been very upset with the perceived lack of transparency by the city,” said Councilman Brent Ackerson, who chairs the committee. “It’s our intention, as a committee, to formally begin an investigation, to bring people in and get legitimate answers and legitimate documentation.”

In a continuation of weekslong protests, demonstrators blocked a Louisville bridge connecting Kentucky to Indiana for three hours on Monday before police dispersed the crowd and arrested 33 people. Protesters brought traffic to a standstill on the Clark Memorial Bridge Monday morning, news outlets reported.

Protesters set up signs and banners on the roadway with images of Taylor.

The scope of the investigation into how Taylor’s case was handled has not been formalized in a resolution. But according to a news release, the probe is expected to look into: 

  • Events leading up to and following Taylor’s March 13 death
  • Government transparency or the lack thereof
  • Events surrounding the death of David McAtee
  • Use of force by police during protests

“Overall, by being as broad as possible, we get the most amount of truth,” Ackerson said.

The Metro Council is on summer break for the next two weeks, but it’s possible a resolution could be filed when it returns mid-July. The next council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 23.

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Bodycam video released of Andre Leshon Lee who lost consciousness when arrested but died 5 days later in Dallas PD custody, Report

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The Dallas Police Department has released a video of Andre Leshon Lee who they say lost consciousness shortly after being taken into custody on August 28. The video released clearly shows he lost consciousness at the site where he was arrested.

The report goes on to say Lee died September 2 in police custody a week after losing consciousness. Something doesn’t add up here.

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According to Fox 4 the investigation by Dallas police into Lee’s death, he and his wife were driving the night of August 28, when his wife said he got out of the car and started running.

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Morehouse School of Medicine students get surprise news that $26M gift will help pay off their debt

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ATLANTA — It’s a major gift to an Atlanta-based historically Black college aimed at helping close the gap in medical disparities in America.

On Wednesday, Morehouse School of Medicine announced they received a $26.3-million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

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Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley under fire for monkey post about black students

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According to WCTV Leon County school administrators, Thursday publicly detailed the investigation of an assistant principal’s Facebook post that lead to a reprimand and demotion.

The district received multiple complaints about the post by Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley.

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Bradley wrote this message on her personal Facebook page:

“For a while now, I have felt like Ringmaster of the ****show. Today has done me in! I do not want to be ringmaster, someone come get the monkeys and all the circus friends.

#exhausted #goawaycovid #imgoingtobed”

“It’s important to clarify for the record what took place, the investigation that happened, and what discipline we have enforced,” said Superintendent Rocky Hanna in a Facebook live on Thursday.

The district’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Deana McAllister, says an investigation determined the post “was not meant to be divisive or hurtful, nor racially motivated.”

McAllister says the post did show a lack of professionalism and poor judgement, leading to a formal reprimand and demotion of Bradley. She was reassigned from Apalachee Elementary to Killearn Lakes.

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