LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Eight members of the Louisville Metro Council are demanding Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD release all documents regarding the Breonna Taylor case and The Vision Russell Plan, a city project with the intent of revitalizing Louisville’s Russell neighborhood.
Taylor’s family’s attorneys accuse the City of Louisville and Louisville Metro police investigators of targeting Taylor’s boyfriend to bring in a new, large-scale development project. The lawsuit claims Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, began being targeted, residents were evicted, and homes that were purchased by the city were demolished. However, some residents lingered, such as Glover, who remained an obstacle for the project.
The lawsuit also alleges LMPD officers were led to believe that by focusing on Glover and his home, they were targeting some of the city’s biggest crime and drug rings, when in reality, the lawsuit claims, they were a setback to a large real estate development deal spearheaded by the mayor and his administration.
A copy of the letter from eight Metro Council members is signed by President David James (District 6), Minority Caucus Chair Kevin Kramer (District 11), Majority Caucus Vice Chair Mark Fox (District 13), Minority Caucus Vice Chair Scott Reed (District 18), Public Safety Committee Chair Jessica Green (District 1), Public Safety Vice Chair James Peden (District 23), Government Oversight and Audit Committee Chair Brent Ackerson (District 26) and Government Oversight and Audit Vice Chair Anthony Piagentini (District 19).
“Unfortunately, many of the things we’ve learned about this shooting have come from the attorneys involved in the case and the media, and not from the mayor and the police chief,” James said Thursday.
James and Councilman Kevin Kramer both said were shocked to hear the claims in the lawsuit so they want to see documentation to find out if the claims are true.
“We recognize with everything going on in the community right now we need answers,” Kramer said. “And waiting and offering answers a little bit at a time isn’t very helpful. So our hope is that it’s not true and that there will be documents that prove this is not the case.”
The letter can be read below.
Mayor Greg Fischer responded Thursday calling the lawsuit's claims absurd.
"I was dumbfounded to see the linkage of this initiative here trying to rebuild this block with safe and affordable housing was somehow tied into a nefarious objective with Breonna Taylor's tragedy," Fischer said.
Fischer said the city's land bank authority owns 20 properties on Elliott Avenue. He said the lank bank authority obtains the properties through foreclosures of vacant and abandoned properties and sometimes donations or purchasing the property outright.
"The land bank does not target occupied properties," Fischer said.
He said the city is working on the area's revitalization, working with non-profit Keeping It Real Inc.
Fischer said Thursday his office did not have any conversations with LMPD about cleaning up Elliott Avenue.
“Elliott Avenue is part of a place-based investigation,” Fischer said. “In terms of any specific property on that, there’s no conversation with my office on that, but it would be logical for LMPD to track locations of suspected criminal activity.”