Mayor Fischer addresses city plan to handle recent police shootings
The concerns expressed by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, and the training planned for LMPD officers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Mayor Greg Fischer says he realizes the recent rise in police shootings raises a lot of questions.
In the hours before a Louisville Metro Police news conference about the city's latest officer shooting, Fischer said the city is always concerned about keeping the relationship between police and the community filled with trust.
Fischer says the ultimate goal is to work together to build a safer community. He also addressed the city's plan to handle these recent shootings.
"What we're gonna do is just continue to be transparent by putting body camera footage out, and certainly we have that on all LMPD issues," he said, adding that, "We'll continue the training we have in de-escalation techniques. And we're going to continue appreciating the job police officers do."
At a news conference Thursday, LMPD released body cam video of the third fatal shooting by local police officers in less than a week.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad acknowledged that, "this has been a difficult few days for Louisville, both for our officers and this community," and stressed that all of the shootings would be thoroughly investigated.
Conrad said there will be more training for officers and more backup in the immediate future because of, "a number of comments on social media that appear to me to be threats to our officers."
Mayor Fischer stressed that all of the recent shootings had very different circumstances.
The most recent shooting was Wednesday night when officers were called for a disturbance in a house on 42nd Street. The officers say they were confronted by a knife-wielding man, 42-year-old Isaac Jackson.
Body cam video released by police appears to show Officer Degerald Watson-Morton being struck in the leg with a knife thrown by Jackson. Officer Brendan Kaiser shot Jackson, after the man had set fire to the house, retreated into a back room and didn't surrender. It's not clear what Jackson was doing when Kaiser fired his weapon. Jackson died at the hospital.
Officers also shot and killed robbery suspect 21-year-old Demonjhea Jordan at the corner of 29th Street and St. Xavier Street on Tuesday. LMPD says Jordan shot at officers, and officers returned fire. Jordan was shot and later died at the hospital.
The third local police shooting didn't involve LMPD officers. It happened on Bardstown Road, near Bashford Manor on Sunday afternoon. Police say 37-year-old Miguel Escalona Vivas shot and killed 32-year-old Orestes Romaro Nieblas. We're told two police officers then shot and killed Vivas. One was with the West Buechel Department and the other was with Hurstbourne Acres.
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