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Louisville Ky schools on alert after “nonspecific” threat

From an email sent to JCPS parents: Louisville, Ky., – Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying you that LMPD has received a nonspecific threat for Friday, Jan. 8, against unnamed schools – the report didn’t specify whether the schools were public or private. This appears to be another in a series of threats being reported to educational institutions across the country recently. JCPS safety protocol dictates that we operate all schools on a normal schedule but at a heightened level of security (Level 3).  Therefore, exterior doors to your child’s school will be locked at all times,…


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Louisville Mayor Fischer co-moderates discussion on President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

LOUISVILLE  – Mayor Greg Fischer will co-moderate a peer-to-peer conversation today at the White House regarding President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. President Obama created the task force in December after the events in Ferguson, Cleveland and other communities around the county to strengthen the relationships between local police and communities. Its final report was released in May. Today’s conversation brings more than 100 leaders from over two dozen communities together to discuss how the report’s recommendations are being implemented. Fischer will lead discussions around many topics including how law enforcement interacts with residents, how youth outreach promotes…


Mayor Fischer announces plan to equip all LMPD officers with body cameras

LOUISVILLE – Mayor Greg Fischer today outlined an ambitious plan to equip all LMPD officers with body cameras, a project that will be implemented over the next year and that should lead to improved policing, greater transparency and an even safer city. (see May 13th posting) The Mayor is proposing the $2.8 million project in his 2015-2016 Fiscal Year budget, which will be unveiled on May 28 and sent to Metro Council for consideration. “Last year, we began to hear calls nationwide — and from our citizens, locally — about the importance of improved policing and the need to embrace…


Louisville Metro Police Officers To Wear New Body Cameras

Louisville, Ky., – TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR), the global, Seattle-based leader in cloud-based digital evidence management and body-worn video, today announced it received an order by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) for its full suite of wearable cameras and digital evidence management solutions. The deployment will include 988 Axon Flex body-worn cameras on the EVIDENCE.com Unlimited plan and will include CAD integration and the MediaSolv solution for CCTV video and photo management. Last week, TASER acquired MediaSolv to expand its solution enabling law enforcement to unify existing silos of digital media and evidence into a seamless workflow from capture to the courtroom. The…


Louisville Metro Council Passes Ordinance to regulate Pop Up Parties

Louisville, Ky., – They are parties that happen in abandoned warehouses, empty storefronts and occasionally in a building that was subleased from an unsuspecting owner.  There is little to no trained security and the structure is not always safe.  That will soon change. By a vote of 25 to ) with one abstention, the Louisville Metro Council has passed a new ordinance that will crack down on so called Pop up Parties that will now require licensing and trained security to keep party goers safe. “This ordinance changes what has become a major concern for LMPD officers and the people…


LMPD Launches New Pedestrian Safety Video

Louisville, Ky. – The Louisville Metro Police Department is launching a new campaign to prevent another deadly year for pedestrians. Thanks to a recent grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, LMPD’s first result is a new YouTube video video aimed at making both pedestrians and drivers more aware of their surroundings. (See video below).   In 2014, 429 people were struck by a vehicle and of those, 18 died. Sgt. William Patterson, the video’s host, said that translates to roughly one person getting hit every day of the year. The video opens with a distracted driver striking a…


Proposal Would Regulate Pop-Up Parties in Louisville KY Metro

From the Metro Council…. Louisville KY – Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) has been working with members of LMPD, ABC, IPL and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office to bring a level of safety and security to the “Pop-up” Parties that have been occurring throughout our community. These parties happen in abandoned warehouses, empty storefronts and occasionally they sub-lease from a viable tenant.  There is little to no trained security and the structure is not always safe. Since beginning the research for the legislation, Councilwoman Butler has been joined by Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (D-3), Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and Councilman David…


Occupy Louisville Protesters Arrested During Demonstration

Five members of Occupy Louisville were arrested today during a demonstration staged outside of a Chase Bank branch in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville. LMPD is offering very limited comments as of yet, but there was reportedly a hearing scheduled for 6:00pm this evening. LIVE UPDATES.



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Video of the Meiners Traffic Stop

Here’s the video of the traffic stop by Officer Sam Cromity that includes Terry Meiners, who is the second car stopped here. This video was used in evidence in the trial in which a jury declared Meiners not guilty of speeding, doing 75 in a 55 mph zone. You can hear the officer, Sam Cromity, get off a phone conversation at the :48 mark in the video, as he’s pulling the cars over. Skip ahead to the 9:00 mark for the audio exchange with Meiners.