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Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 24th, 2010 @ 9:58PM (13 years ago)

Why not just rename the whole city to "Louiscolmanville" and be done with it?

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 24th, 2010 @ 11:49PM (13 years ago)

Obviously Louis Coleman bathed on a regular basis and took good care of his teeth. I mean...I never could smell his B.O. or his breath when I HAD to be around him at one of his Extortion projects....I mean protest.

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 24th, 2010 @ 11:59PM (13 years ago)

I really have to agree that if they are going to do it they either need to pay every business and house hold the expenses or just make it honorary. After all we all need a few more signs cluttering up our view.

BTW Who is paying for the signs?


Just what exactly is Judy Green a Doctor of? She never used to use it and all of a sudden she gets an honorary degree and starts calling herself Doctor.

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 25th, 2010 @ 1:58PM (13 years ago)

Wait until they name a street JERRY BLVD!!!!!!

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 25th, 2010 @ 4:52PM (13 years ago)
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In honor of his honor

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 25th, 2010 @ 9:19PM (13 years ago)

I didn't like most of his views, but he's dead and I really couldn't care less if they name a street in the west end after him. There are more important fish to fry. Insulting a dead man is unnecessary, not worth the time, and bad karma unless you're talking about some kind of killer or rapist or something.

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 25th, 2010 @ 10:55PM (13 years ago)
Posted by: 8 the hard way...

Honestly, I am of the same opinion as another post. Seriously who cares. I need to occupy my mind with better thoughts than; him, them or this. Just too many other things to worry about, like how buying 2 half gallons of milk, now cost more than buying one gallon of milk.


August 26th, 2010 @ 7:10PM (13 years ago)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A new street name is causing quite a stir in west Louisville. A group of community activists wants to rename 34th Street in honor of the late Rev. Louis Coleman. While some residents say it would be a headache to change their address, an apparent compromise has some even more fired up.

A member of the Metro Council who was onboard with the project early on is offering a compromise, but those who support the name-change say they don't want a piece of the pie, they want the whole thing.

"We would like for this street that runs through the heart of the black community to be named after a black hero period," said Carman Weathers, a west Louisville resident.

But not everyone thinks it's a great idea. Eugene Shomaker has several properties on 34th Street near Market Street. He knew Coleman personally and thinks he should be honored, but doesn't want to go through all the paperwork and change his address.

"Instead of changing all that other stuff like the address and all that mailing, just put his name underneath of it," said Shomaker. "Name the whole thing Rev. Coleman 34th and there you go."

Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton offered the idea of dual signage, something she has seen in other cities.

"So it could change to Louis Coleman Blvd, but the postal service, if some 85-year-old woman just wanted to write 101 S. 34th then she could do that as well," said Bryant Hamilton.

Some say dual-signage is insulting to Coleman's memory.

"It is a disgrace and a slap in the face of a great leader of the city that fought for all to let one narrow minded section dictate a name of a street," said Michael Jones who collected signatures supporting the name change.

Several people say it's a race issue - black vs. white.

"We've come too far and we're not going to let as a gentleman said here Portland dictate to us what we can do and what we can't do," said Mattie Jones who called a press conference to push the full name change.

At the press conference, those who spoke said there's no room for compromise

"I don't think compromise is a dirty word," Bryant Hamilton. "I think it's something that (Coleman) would respect."

The Planning Commission estimates it would cost approximately $2,300 for new signs. Both Councilwomen Bryant Hamilton and Judith Green say they work to secure funding from their discretionary accounts. The street is in both the First and Fifth Council districts. Green says she supports the full name change first and foremost.

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 27th, 2010 @ 9:32AM (13 years ago)
Posted by: Capt Ahab

well,well,well, so Mattie ( AKA Candyman) thinks it's a slap in the face? Let's see...hmmmm, White cop shoots minority perp=protest, White owned buisness dosen't hire enough minorities=protest, White controlled Govt. ( according to Buster) dosent give (automatically) enough contracts to minorities=protest, White folks (according to Buster) shut out minorities involving Derby festivities ( even though all of the activities were shifted downtown so that everyone could enjoy them ) and demands city pay for west end activities ( in form of extra police presence,you know,to monitor all the peacefull activities that come with that fiasco) = protest. Now lets see, Minority cop shoots minority or white perp(Unless they are a nutbag off thier meds but the kids cant be bothered to make sure that the meds are taken)= chirp,chirp ( wait for it...the crickits are still warming up ).....Kids cant cruise Iroq.park= chirp chirp ( wait for it).. Central ave Party shut down..CHIRP CHIRP, East end kids can't cruise Hurstbourne pkwy because mean old police are all tied up in the west end and won't block off the streets ( same on preston Hgwy in south)= CHIRP CHIRP ..Yeah mattie, he was.. for everyone!!.And by the way,unless things have changed drastically I dont recall a whole lot of residents on 34th that actually face 34th between algonquin Pkwy north to almost with a few exceptions along between Young and Sherill area) until you get almost down to Dumesnil . And who is gonna pay for all the changes to state and Govt. ( Whitey again ) checks that are sent out??...( wait for it ) .......AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH..put it a vote, on the november ballot

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 27th, 2010 @ 11:02AM (13 years ago)

This dept has got so out of touch with reality. Saw some paperwork from an officer the other day where a lady was cited for no insurance during a traffic accident report (I'm ok with that), but then there were 5 FI's from the same location. One for her. Three for her 13, 14, and 16 year old kids that were in the car with her coming home from school, and one for the other driver. (I figured this out by noticing the names were all on the accident report as well. How and why are those FI's?). Then there was a courtesy notice for no rear view mirror. When I questioned the thought process in all the extra UNNECESSARY paper he/she responded with "That is 7 pieces of paper from one accident. The command doesn't know this was all one event and the kids were in the car with their mom, they just count pieces of paper".


Meanwhile his/her beat was carried away all week by a group of air conditioner thieves. Funny thing is, he/she is always given great praise because they lead the division with stat marks. However if you check they have never even been to the Grand Jury.

What a joke!

August 27th, 2010 @ 11:46AM (13 years ago)

Just look at the most recent application for Metro Police Officer. Under required qualifications the last line now reads

* Data entry experience is a definate plus, crime fighters need not apply. *

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 27th, 2010 @ 5:41PM (13 years ago)

I dont care what they do in the West End of Louisville, I never have to drive out that way to drive on the Racists Lewis Coleman blvd. Honestly this city should be ashamed to name a street after this man, Justice Resourse Center and the Think Tank both are a mob mentality business, and both are run by so called Ministers. Let them name the street after him, but they need to Auction off a pair of Lewis Colemans dirty underwear to pay for it. Asta La Vista Lewis Coleman, extortionist.

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 27th, 2010 @ 5:41PM (13 years ago)

I think that they should name all gun crime after coleman because he provided a lot of them to the city's criminals by keeping 50-75 guns in a cabinet with no lock at the JRC a while back. After he kicked it, the guns were picked through and the best ones were stolen in a "break-in." There was no secure place, they just laid on a few shelves. If you want to do anything, credit him with the violent crime that is happening in the West end as his negligence added to this mess. Lets rename something, but how about a graveyard or funeral home. Thanks scumbag, now our job is that much more dangerous because of your "activism."

yeah, right.

August 28th, 2010 @ 8:20AM (13 years ago)
Posted by: kickbacks
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yep, and lets rename 2nd street Dos Equis in honor of the next big extortionist while we are at it. ( 2x )


August 28th, 2010 @ 2:45PM (13 years ago)

Retired Officers Raise Questions on Crime Data

February 8, 2010


More than a hundred retired New York Police Department captains and higher-ranking officers said in a survey that the intense pressure to produce annual crime reductions led some supervisors and precinct commanders to manipulate crime statistics, according to two criminologists studying the department.

The retired members of the force reported that they were aware over the years of instances of "ethically inappropriate" changes to complaints of crimes in the seven categories measured by the department's signature CompStat program, according to a summary of the results of the survey and interviews with the researchers who conducted it.

In interviews with the criminologists, other retired senior officers cited examples of what the researchers believe was a periodic practice among some precinct commanders and supervisors: checking eBay, other Web sites, catalogs or other sources to find prices for items that had been reported stolen that were lower than the value provided by the crime victim. They would then use the lower values to reduce reported grand larcenies - felony thefts valued at more than $1,000, which are recorded as index crimes under CompStat - to misdemeanors, which are not, the researchers said.

Others also said that precinct commanders or aides they dispatched sometimes went to crime scenes to persuade victims not to file complaints or to urge them to change their accounts in ways that could result in the downgrading of offenses to lesser crimes, the researchers said.

"Those people in the CompStat era felt enormous pressure to downgrade index crime, which determines the crime rate, and at the same time they felt less pressure to maintain the integrity of the crime statistics," said John A. Eterno, one of the researchers and a retired New York City police captain.

His colleague, Eli B. Silverman, added, "As one person said, the system provides an incentive for pushing the envelope."

The retired members of the force were asked whether they were aware of changes to crime reports. Of the 160 who indicated that they were, more than three-quarters said the changes were unethical.

Versions of the system have been franchised to hundreds of police departments.

But as the city annually reported reductions in crime, skepticism emerged in certain quarters - several police unions other than the one that assisted with this survey, elected officials, residents in some neighborhoods - about whether the department's books were being "cooked."

Concerns over crime statistics are not unique to New York. Police departments have faced accusations of tampering in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, New Orleans and Washington.

Indeed, the researchers said the responses supported longstanding concerns voiced by some critics about the potential problems inherent in CompStat. The former officers indicate that it was the intense pressure brought to bear on the commanders of the city's 76 precincts in twice-weekly CompStat meetings - where they are grilled, and sometimes humiliated, before their peers and subordinates, and where careers and promotions can be made or lost - that drove some to make "unethical" and "highly unethical" alterations to crime reports.

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

August 31st, 2010 @ 9:01PM (13 years ago)

You guys are ridiculous! Young punk cops think they know everything. You kids make me sick. Stop you're bickering.

Will Louisville name a street in honor of an extortionist?

September 3rd, 2010 @ 6:14AM (13 years ago)

Looks like a sgt I know