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Louisville Police Adopt Seattle Safe Harbor Initiative For LGBTQ Protection

Jacob Ryan - WFPL
Louisville Police Adopt Seattle Safe Harbor Initiative For LGBTQ Protection

Victims of anti-LGBTQ crime in Louisville can now go to Starbucks' coffee shops to seek safety and await police assistance.

The newly announced Safe Harbor initiative is a collaboration between Starbucks and the Louisville Metro Police Department. Local police officials adopted the concept from the Seattle Police Department.

In Seattle, the program is administered by Officer Jim Ritter. He said Louisville is the first American police department outside of Seattle to fully adopt the program. About 30 other police agencies across the country are in the process of rolling out similar programs, Ritter said.

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'National shame' follows fatal park shootings

Phillip M. Bailey - Courier~Journal
'National shame' follows fatal park shootings

Gunmen exchanged about 20 shots at a Thanksgiving Day youth football event, thrusting Louisville past its homicide record and into the national spotlight.

Two men were killed and four more people were wounded during the brazen violence, which broke out about 200 yards away from Mayor Greg Fischer, who was among the hundreds of children, men and women attending the annual Juice Bowl at Shawnee Park.

"This is the worst Thanksgiving ever," said Charlotte Waddell, a cousin of the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

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Louisville FOP says members 'lack confidence' in LMPD leadership

Lindsay Allen - WDRB 41
Louisville FOP says members 'lack confidence' in LMPD leadership

It's no secret that violence in our city is escalating. The murder rate this year in Louisville has already surpassed 100.

Now, the police union is calling out LMPD's leadership.

In a letter dated Nov. 15, FOP President Dave Mutchler wrote to Mayor Greg Fischer, in part:

"Members lack confidence in the leadership of LMPD and these members continue to be disappointed over and over again."

"I don't think anything I read in that letter is news," councilman David James said. "We don't have enough police officers in our community to serve or protect our citizens."

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Louisville police officer killed by alleged drunk driver in Lexington

WKYT 27
Louisville police officer killed by alleged drunk driver in Lexington

Two people, including a Louisville Metro police officer, are dead after being hit by a car early Saturday morning in downtown Lexington.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. on South Upper Street, just south of Bolivar Street.

Louisville Metro Police confirm that the fallen officer is Detective Jason Schweitzer.

Lexington police say the two men were hit by a black Dodge Charger while standing on the side of the road asking for directions.

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Bullitt County Sheriff fires second in command

Jason Riley - WDRB 41
Bullitt County Sheriff fires second in command

Bullitt County Chief Sheriff's Deputy John Cottrell, second in command of the department, was fired on Wednesday for a policy violation.

Cottrell was fired for being "absent without leave," according to a termination letter written by Sheriff David Greenwell.

Greenwell did not return phone calls seeking comment. Cottrell indicated to a WDRB reporter that he would comment but had not as of late Wednesday afternoon.

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Cop accused of drawing gun after car crash

Beth Warren - Courier~Journal
Cop accused of drawing gun after car crash

Louisville Metro Police Officer Zachariah Aubrey has been charged with threatening a man with his gun drawn during an off-duty car crash, according to a criminal complaint.

After the crash near the intersection of Taylorsville and Lowe roads, Aubrey hopped out of his personal car and approached the other vehicle with his gun drawn and threatened to hurt the driver, police said in the complaint.

The driver, Justin Cook, began to record the June 13 incident with his cell phone. The officer pulled Cook out of his car, according to the allegations, and said he was a police officer and repeated, "I'm gonna knock you the (expletive) out."

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LMPD announces major changes within department

Danielle Lama - WDRB 41
LMPD announces major changes within department

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced several changes within the police department Friday.

The plan comes amid a spike in homicides and violent crime in Louisville. Police say homicides are up 55 percent in 2016 compared to the same time last year.

"I believe that this reorganization will allow us to more efficiently and effectively address problems in our community," Chief Conrad said.

The changes will include a new Community Services Division. Through a grant, the department will hire 10 news officers to help bridge the gap between the public and police.

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