Mayor Fischer At White House Today

Thomas McAdam

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Mayor Greg Fischer co-moderated a peer-to-peer conversation today at the White House for President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

President Obama created the task force in December after the events in Ferguson, Cleveland and other communities around the county to strengthen the relationships between local police and communities. Its final report was released in May.

Today’s conversation brought more than 100 leaders from over two dozen communities together to discuss how the report’s recommendations are being implemented.

Fischer led discussions around many topics, including how law enforcement interacts with residents, how youth outreach promotes positive engagement with law enforcement, mental health challenges, new technologies, and data and metrics. Louisville has been among the first cities nationwide to put its police arrest data online as part of the city's Open Data Policy.

“This is a great opportunity for all of us to listen and learn about improvements in law enforcement taking place around the country,” Fischer said. “It’s also a chance for us to share some of Louisville’s work including the implementation of body cameras, Youth Chats with LMPD officers and our Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods’ work with the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. It is an honor to co-moderate this discussion.”

The conversation addressed challenges and opportunities facing many communities and provided insight on how the goals and action items of the task force’s final report are being implemented.

The overarching recommendation of the task force’s report was for the President to create and fund a National Crime and Justice Task Force to review and evaluate all components of the criminal justice system. The task force makes recommendations to help comprehensively reform the criminal justice system nationwide.

Fischer co-moderated the discussion with Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and New Orleans, Louisiana Deputy Mayor Judy Reese.


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