LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - In his 11th annual State of the City address, Mayor Greg Fischer said Louisville has “the potential in 2021 to make historic progress.”
During his virtual address, Fischer talked about the challenges of the global pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. He also spoke about advancing racial equity and justice, reevaluating public safety and reducing gun violence.
“We have all been tested in ways we’d never expected,” Fischer said. “And while sometimes those tests found us wanting, we persevere, we keep moving, keep learning, keep working to heal our city and move forward.”
A statement from Fischer’s office said the focus of the address was on using “the pain and frustration we’ve experienced as fuel to tackle what are, frankly, enormous challenges,” which include:
- Eliminating COVID-19,
- Rebuilding Louisville’s economy,
- Advancing the city’s goals of racial equity and justice
- And the related challenges of reimagining public safety and reducing gun violence.
Fischer said the top priorities of new LMPD chief Erica Shields are to build police-community trust and reduce gun violence.
“We must all be appalled by our level of gun violence – 173 homicides in a single year – and commit to doing everything we can to reverse this heartbreaking and infuriating loss of human life and human potential,” Fischer said.