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3 Black militia members injured in negligent gun discharge, may result in charges

Sarah Ladd - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: 3 Black militia members injured in negligent gun discharge, may result in charges

Louisville police say a weapon discharge by a Black militia member that injured three people Saturday is being investigated as a negligent shooting - not an accident - and could result in criminal charges.

Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, three people were shot in Baxter Park after a member of the NFAC (Not F***ing Around Coalition) unintentionally discharged a gun during a demonstration. According to police, everyone injured was also part of NFAC.

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Louisville police recruiting video lures 'action-movie heroes,' not guardians, experts say

Andrew Wolfson - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Louisville police recruiting video lures 'action-movie heroes,' not guardians, experts say

For the past five years, the Louisville Metro Police Department has recruited new officers with a video that experts say promotes a "war-like mentality" and portrays police as warriors rather than public servants.

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1 dead after LMPD officers, National Guard shot at while attempting to disperse crowd

Sarah Jackson - WAVE 3
PHOTO: 1 dead after LMPD officers, National Guard shot at while attempting to disperse crowd

A man was shot and killed after shots were fired toward Louisville Metro Police Department officers and National Guard members while trying to disperse a crowd following protests, according to LMPD.

LMPD chief Steve Conrad said National Guard and LMPD officers were moved to Dino's Food Mart, located at 26th Street and Broadway, around 12:15 a.m. Monday after protests turned destructive.

Conrad said as officers and soldiers cleared the lot they were fired toward and both LMPD and members of the National Guard returned fire.

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Officer departures dominate LMPD budget hearing

Drew Gardner - WLKY 32
PHOTO: Officer departures dominate LMPD budget hearing

The Louisville Metro Police department says it's seeing more officers leaving the department for better paying jobs.

During a Metro Council budget hearing, Chief Steve Conrad called this fiscal year's budget his most challenging yet. The chief appeared before the Budget Committee to take questions over the recommended $179 million dollar budget for 2020-2021.

LMPD is facing increased costs from the COVID-19 pandemic and an almost 24% increase in violent crime, according to Conrad.

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Facts: What we know about the shooting death of Breonna Taylor

John Wise - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Facts: What we know about the shooting death of Breonna Taylor

WAVE 3 News is committed to fair, truthful and thorough reporting.

The recent case of a deadly shooting by LMPD officers has gained national attention, and locally, many on social media are making varied claims about the case, and about the way local media have covered it. So we want to share a list of facts that we have confirmed, and answer some questions rooted in inaccurate social media posts by some members of the local community.

First, a note on our own coverage. Our resources and attention have been focused on the current global health emergency. As we’ve learned more about this case, we are dedicating additional resources to it and will continue to do so.

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Two more LMPD officers test positive for COVID-19, chief says

Jason Riley - WDRB 41
PHOTO: Two more LMPD officers test positive for COVID-19, chief says

Two more officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Chief Steve Conrad said in an email to the department on Thursday.

That raises the total number of LMPD officers that have tested positive to three.

In addition, "several" officers have been tested and a "couple dozen" have been told to stay in quarantine at home, the chief said.

"While the numbers are still relatively small of impacted officers and civilian staff, we are starting to see the numbers grow," Conrad said in the email, obtained by WDRB News.

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Judge releases man who shot officer during deadly confrontation 2 weeks ago

John Wise - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Judge releases man who shot officer during deadly confrontation 2 weeks ago

A judge has released a man to home incarceration two weeks after he allegedly shot an LMPD sergeant.

Kenneth Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer in connection to the March 13 incident.

LMPD Sgt. Jon Mattingly and two detectives went to a home on Springfield Drive to serve a search warrant.

LMPD officials said the three were fired upon, and when they shot back, a woman inside the home was killed.

Walker eventually surrendered and was taken into custody.

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