Thorns & Roses: A Chance To Clear Outstanding Bench Warrants In Louisville

Thorn: Louisville’s Perennial Policing Problem
Louisville’s primary proved that we have learned little from 2020’s policing protests. Craig Greenberg handily won the Democratic mayoral nomination after campaigning on fully funding Louisville’s police department (which is already overfunded). It’s the same strategy as Mayor Fischer’s, and it’s the same strategy that was in place as Louisville’s homicide rate soared and when Breonna Taylor was killed. For more proof of how terribly it’s going, just read our next thorn. 

Thorn: The Police Narrative Puzzle
On Friday, May 20, U.S. Marshals executing a search warrant with LMPD officers shot and killed the fleeing suspect, Omari Cryer, a Black man. When considering the official narrative for a police killing, what’s just as important is the information that they choose not to share. LMPD Chief Erika Shields refused to say whether Cryer, who was armed, shot at officers during the pursuit. She wouldn’t say how many times he was shot nor how many marshals fired their weapons. Those are key pieces of information that the public needs as soon as possible.

Rose and Thorn: The Teachers Are Not All Right In Kentucky Schools
We felt immense pride when former Kentucky Teacher of the Year Willie Carver testified before a Congressional hearing, sharing his experience as a gay educator. But the picture he painted of life in Kentucky’s public schools for LGBTQ youth and teachers was horrific. Carver may be out, but his school seems to be trying its hardest to shove him back in line: Allegedly telling him that people feel as if LGBTQ advocacy is being shoved down their throats and ignoring his accomplishments, such as being honored at the White House. There’s much more. We recommend reading about his full testimony on our website.

Rose: fewer People In The System
In coordination with the ACLU of Kentucky, Louisville Urban League and the Bail Project, the office of County Attorney Mike O’Connell is providing people with a chance to clear outstanding bench warrants for non-violent offenses and revolve their cases “without the fear of being arrested.” “Amnesty dockets” will be offered June 7-9 at 1 p.m. in Jefferson District Court. Those interested must sign up by May 31 at Hall of Justice or at louisvilleprosecutors.org/redocket. With the recent string of jail deaths that have stemmed from worker shortages and overcrowding, this is a step in the right direction. More of this, less people unnecessarily caught in the system.

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