CLOUT meets with mayor, chief to address concerns about use of force

June 22, 2018. WLKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A group of concerned citizens want the mayor to take a look at the way metro police use force in some situations.

Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, known as CLOUT, spent 30 minutes talking to the mayor and the police chief.

Members of the group said they’re concerned police use excessive force in some situations when dealing with the mentally ill and drug-addicted.

Fischer To Meet With Group Critical Of LMPD Crisis Policies

June 22, 2018. WFPL.

The head of a Louisville faith-based group and the mayor will meet Friday to discuss safer policing months after multiple requests for the mayor to meet.

Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT) Co-President Reginald Barnes said the goal of the meeting is to prompt an external review of Louisville Metro Police Department policies. Barnes said better policing techniques could help keep citizens and officers safe, and prevent police shootings, like that of Darnell Wicker in 2016.

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.