Louisville police need to stop shooting the mentally ill and drug addicted, CLOUT says

April 19, 2018. Courier Journal.

Mayor Greg Fischer needs to do more to ensure Louisville police officers will avoid using deadly force when dealing with people coping with drug addiction or suffering from mental illness, a faith-based group said.

Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, dropped off about 600 postcards signed by its members at Fischer’s office Thursday over the department’s de-escalation tactics, which the group said will protect law enforcement and vulnerable residents alike.

“We have many loved ones and friends in our congregations with mental illnesses and addictions who live in fear of potential encounters with the police,” said the Rev. Reginald Barnes, pastor of Brown Memorial C.M.E. Church, a co-president of CLOUT.

CLOUT urges Mayor Fischer to discuss police shootings

April 19, 2018. WHAS 11.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — Members of the clergy are calling on Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to have a dialogue about police shootings.

The group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, brought 600 cards to the mayor’s office which were signed by citizens asking him to meet with the organization.

City leaders commit to critical problem solutions

April 17, 2018. WHAS 11.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It was a crowded auditorium Tuesday night, as hundreds from the organization, CLOUT, offered their solutions for some of Louisville Metro’s most critical problems: affordable housing, mental illness and school safety.

CLOUT, the Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together asked city leaders like JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio to commit to putting restorative practices in 10 more schools by the 2019-20 school year.

CLOUT: Mayor Fischer needs to urge LMPD to improve shooting de-escalation tactics

April 13, 2018. Courier-Journal.
Whenever there is a police shooting in our community there is much back-and-forth commentary and disagreement about whether the shooting could have been avoided. When the victim is a person of color, questions and disagreements become even more acute.

When the health problems of mental illness or addiction are involved, additional questions about avoidability arise. As a community that identifies itself as one of compassion, this topic is one that we must discuss and work on together for improvement, for the sake of our citizens and police officers alike.