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Kroger shooting: Suspect coming out of store fires at officers before they shoot him dead

Makayla Ballman - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Kroger shooting: Suspect coming out of store fires at officers before they shoot him dead

Shoppers scattered as bullets flew inside a busy Kroger store in Louisville's Portland neighborhood Thursday night.

The shooting happened in the 500 block of North 35th Street, near Bank Street, just after 6 p.m.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad shared some details at a news conference just after 11 p.m. Thursday, more than five hours after the shooting.

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Louisville Metro Police reorganization leaves lingering questions amid chief's warning

Darcy Costello - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Louisville Metro Police reorganization leaves lingering questions amid chief's warning

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad unveiled a reorganization Tuesday that he said will create a leaner, more focused department amid a loss of officers and budget cuts.

But the restructuring also leaves questions about the future, with Conrad warning that it was "only the start of more difficult decisions to come."

Conrad's changes will go into effect beginning Dec. 1. They include:

  • Merging the Narcotics and Ninth Mobile divisions into one, responsible for "narcotics and violence interdiction investigations," under one commander.
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Mayor's support for police chief after morale comments 'unbelievable,' council members say

Darcy Costello - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Mayor's support for police chief after morale comments 'unbelievable,' council members say

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad has weathered a slew of controversies: a sex abuse scandal involving officers, a historic spike in homicides, two no-confidence votes.

His latest, centered on comments saying officer morale wasn't his job, has opponents looking to the mayor's office for action - but skeptical this will be what pushes Mayor Greg Fischer to fire the chief.

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46 more officers bail from LMPD in last 2 months

Natalia Martinez - WAVE 3
PHOTO: 46 more officers bail from LMPD in last 2 months

Dozens of LMPD officers have left the department in the last two months.

It was July when WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters reported 119 officers had left the department in the span of a year. Since that exclusive investigation, WAVE 3 News confirmed another 46 officers decided to leave, too.

Those numbers surprised Omar Porter. He grew up on the corner of Garland and 31st Street, where his mom still lives 42 years later. He said he checks on her all the time, and with good reason. Saturday, a shot-up body was found in front of her house by someone driving past.

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Man shot and killed by police in Parkland neighborhood

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PHOTO: Man shot and killed by police in Parkland neighborhood

Louisville Metro Police shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at officers.

The shooting happened near Greenwood Avenue and South 26th street around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad says officers were dispatched to the area on a domestic trouble call.

Chief Conrad said when officers got there, a man pointed a gun at officers.

Two officers fired their weapons and shot the man.

He was taken to University Hospital where he died.

Two other people were taken to the hospital as well, according to Conrad.

He said they had injuries from the domestic situation police were called to.

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OPINION: JCPS is right to remove police officers from schools

Quintez Brown - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: OPINION: JCPS is right to remove police officers from schools

The Jefferson County school board made the right decision.

Police do not belong in schools.

In a society in which backpacks are bulletproof, schools resemble prisons, black children are seen as violent and disruptive, and mental illness carries a violent stigma, removing the good guys with guns may seem shocking.

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Citing budget cuts, LMPD will no longer provide crossing guards to some Louisville schools

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PHOTO: Citing budget cuts, LMPD will no longer provide crossing guards to some Louisville schools

Louisville Metro Police will no longer provide crossing guards for 12 Jefferson County public and private Catholic schools located in other police jurisdictions.

In a release Wednesday evening, the department cited "budget cuts and the changes in staffing that will require" as the reasons for the change, which will allow the 25 crossing guards that usually worked at the schools to staff schools within LMPD's jurisdiction.

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Louisville passes ordinance telling police not to prioritize marijuana possession

Ben Tobin - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Louisville passes ordinance telling police not to prioritize marijuana possession

The Louisville Metro Council has passed an ordinance that tells police officers not to prioritize marijuana possession.

Filed in May by four Democrats on the Metro Council, the ordinance will create a new city code making "investigation, citations, and arrests" relating to adult possession of a "small amount of marijuana" the lowest law enforcement priority.

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