March 27, 2019. 89.3 WFPL.
Centerstone’s The Living Room program helps people with mental health and substance abuse issues avoid jail. But looming city budget cuts could threaten the program’s future less than two years after it opened.
Mayor Greg Fischer’s office has projected a $65 million budget shortfall by 2023 due largely to rising employee pension costs. In order to fill the gap, Fischer proposed tripling the insurance premium tax. A council committee approved a compromise measure — gradually doubling the insurance premium tax from 5 percent to 10 percent on lines other than auto and health, and $15 million in city budget cuts. But Metro Council voted down the plan and now they will move forward to cut $35 million from the upcoming year’s budget that begins July 1.
November 12, 2018. Insider Louisville.
Several city officials are slated to provide updates Monday on a wide
range of topics — from school safety to how the police treat
individuals with mental illness — that have been raised by one of
Louisville’s most prominent interfaith social justice organizations.
Monday night, members of CLOUT, or Citizens of Louisville Organized and
United Together, will hear “progress reports” from several local
politicians about targeted “issue campaigns” undertaken by the group,
according to a news release.
August 14, 2018. Insider Louisville.
Following a contentious meeting and an official rebuff from the mayor’s office, the leadership of Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together said the group wants to meet with Mayor Greg Fischer again to hash out unfinished business over the way police handle use-of-force cases involving at-risk individuals.
At a June 22 meeting with the mayor, his staff and Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad, CLOUT called on the city to create an independent body to review 68 cases it said revealed a lack of consideration for de-escalation training for LMPD officers who have used force against mentally ill or drug-addicted individuals.
June 25, 2018. Insider Louisville.
In a years-in-the-making meeting with community faith leaders Friday afternoon, Mayor Greg Fischer pushed back on their demands for an independent evaluation of how the Louisville Metro Police Department applies standard operating procedures in its internal investigations into its officers’ use of force.
Rev. Reginald Barnes, co-president of the religious organization CLOUT, or Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, repeatedly asked Fischer during an at-times contentious 30-minute meeting whether the mayor would agree to such an evaluation.
Barnes said that via an open records request with the department, CLOUT had identified 68 cases since 2012 wherein his group asserts that standard operating procedures regarding use of force by LMPD officers did not apply de-escalation tactics in internal reviews of officer conduct.