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Two officers fired by Police Chief Erika Shields over Atlanta tasing are reinstated

Ayana Archie - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Two officers fired by Police Chief Erika Shields over Atlanta tasing are reinstated

Two Atlanta police officers who were fired by Louisville police Chief Erika Shields when she led that city's department have been reinstated to their jobs.

Officers Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner were fired after Atlanta police were shown on video pulling college students from a car and using a Taser on them during a large protest last May against police brutality and racial injustice, sparking national outrage.

They and four other officers were eventually criminally charged for their involvement. Streeter, Gardner and two other officers were fired.

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Louisville police fire 2 detectives, others disciplined, in Breonna Taylor shooting

Tessa Duvall - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Louisville police fire 2 detectives, others disciplined, in Breonna Taylor shooting

The Louisville Metro Police Department has officially fired two detectives and sanctioned others for their actions surrounding the raid that left Breonna Taylor, 26, dead in her apartment.

Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes, who were fired Tuesday, are the latest detectives the department has terminated in connection with the fatal police shooting of Taylor.

A third detective, Brett Hankison, was fired in June for "blindly" firing 10 rounds into her apartment.

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LMPD’s new chief comes to Louisville following 20+ year law enforcement career in Atlanta

Natalia Martinez - WAVE 3
PHOTO: LMPD’s new chief comes to Louisville following 20+ year law enforcement career in Atlanta

A 20-year veteran and former Atlanta police chief will become Louisville's next police chief, WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters have learned.

Erika Shields will soon be taking over from Louisville Metro Police Department Interim Chief Yvette Gentry, who agreed to take the job for a few months during tumultuous times and the search for a new chief.

Shields has been with the Atlanta Police Department for 25 years and became chief in December of 2016. She is openly gay and became Atlanta's second female police chief.

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LMPD plans to fire 2 detectives involved in raid that ended in death of Breonna Taylor

Marcus Green - WDRB 41
PHOTO: LMPD plans to fire 2 detectives involved in raid that ended in death of Breonna Taylor

Citing "extreme" violations of department standards, Louisville's interim police chief plans to fire a detective who she claims lied in getting a search warrant for Breonna Taylor's apartment.

Also, Chief Yvette Gentry sent a termination letter Tuesday to the officer who fired the fatal shot killing Taylor on March 13.

In a letter, Gentry notified Detective Joshua Jaynes of her intent to fire him for breaching Louisville Metro Police Department policies on truthfulness and search warrant preparations.

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Police chief's criticism casts doubt on Metro Council plan to restrict LMPD's use of force

Chad Mills - WDRB 41
PHOTO: Police chief's criticism casts doubt on Metro Council plan to restrict LMPD's use of force

A Metro Council committee rejected a proposal to restrict Louisville Metro Police Department's use of force policies Wednesday after Interim Chief Yvette Gentry criticized the measure.

"Our policies have always tried to go above and beyond to be stricter than the state law. I'm just saying you're inserting something in between the two," Gentry said.

Proposed weeks ago by Council members Brandon Coan, D-8, and Jessica Green, D-1, the ordinance would, among other measures:

  • Require officers to use de-escalation techniques when reasonable.
  • Prevent them from firing at or from a moving vehicle unless deadly force is present.
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