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Louisville police officers approve FOP contract with bigger raises

Kala Kachmar - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Louisville police officers approve FOP contract with bigger raises

After rejecting a new contract with a 9% pay hike, Louisville's officers ratified a new proposal over the holiday weekend that will guarantee them an even bigger payday.

If approved by Metro Council next month, the contract would give officers and sergeants a 9% raise for the current year, retroactive to July 1, and 6% in 2022-23.

The previous proposal they rejected included a 3% raise in 2022-23.

Other than that, the new contract is identical to the one police previously voted down.

It still contains reform provisions the River City Fraternal Order of Police and city negotiators first reached in September, including:

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Man shot, killed on Watterson Expressway identified; officer, suspect also shot

Shellie Sylvestri - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Man shot, killed on Watterson Expressway identified; officer, suspect also shot

An investigation is underway following an officer-involved shooting involving a Louisville Metro Police Department officer in Shively.

The shootings, which happened around 2:30 a.m., started on the Watterson Expressway and ended on Dixie Highway.

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Louisville police officer shot in Breonna Taylor raid files defamation suit over statements to media

Jason Riley - WDRB 41
PHOTO: Louisville police officer shot in Breonna Taylor raid files defamation suit over statements to media

Former Louisville Metro Police Detective Jonathan Mattingly, who was shot by Breonna Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, while leading a raid into Taylor's home on March 13, 2020, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Walker's attorney.

The lawsuit, filed in Edmonson Circuit Court on Tuesday, claims Louisville attorney Steve Romines told a media outlet last October that Mattingly "executed" Taylor when police burst into her apartment on Springfield Drive as part of a series of raids that targeted narcotics trafficking.

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LMPD officer sues city over suspension for marching in uniform at abortion clinic

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PHOTO: LMPD officer sues city over suspension for marching in uniform at abortion clinic

The Louisville Metro Police officer suspended after marching in uniform outside of a Louisville abortion clinic on Feb. 20 has filed a federal lawsuit against the department and city, claiming his constitutional rights were violated.

While Chief Erika Shields ultimately sustained no violations against Officer Matthew Schrenger, the lawsuit argues "a quiet, off-duty prayer, on a public sidewalk" resulted in the officer being suspended and stripped of his powers for more than four months while under investigation.

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Council members urge Louisville mayor to make proposed police contract public

Chad Mills - WDRB 41
PHOTO: Council members urge Louisville mayor to make proposed police contract public

The President of Louisville Metro Council says Mayor Greg Fischer is not being transparent about the new tentative contract for hundreds of Louisville Metro Police officers.

On Aug. 20, Mayor Greg Fischer announced his office had reached a tentative contract agreement with the leadership of LMPD's union, River City FOP Lodge 614, that will provide pay increases and guaranteed raises to LMPD officers in addition to reforms designed to ensure more accountability.

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