Louisville Names First Black Lady As Interim Police Chief

Yvette Gentry, a former Louisville deputy police chief, will take over as interim chief of the embattled police power Oct. 1 and says she is able to “transfer the needle ahead,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The 50-year-old Louisville native would be the first girl and the third African American to function chief of the Louisville Metro Police. She retired from the division in 2014. Interim Chief Robert Schroeder plans to retire on the finish of September after four months within the function, Mayor Greg Fischer stated Monday. Gentry reached out to residents who’ve been on the coronary heart of greater than 100 days of protest over racial injustice after the March 13 taking pictures of Breonna Taylor by police. “I’m not right here simply that will help you unboard your lovely buildings downtown,” she stated. “I’m right here to work with you to unboard the group that I served with all my coronary heart in west Louisville, that was boarded for 20 or 30 years.”

She stated the previous 4 months have been robust on cops making an attempt to carry the road, in addition to on protesters, including that it’s robust “seeing issues simply really feel so hopeless.” Timothy Findley, a senior pastor on the Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Heart who fashioned a coalition that referred to as for the boycott of this 12 months’s Kentucky Derby, helps Gentry’s appointment. “I believe that she is the perfect candidate for the job, however with that being stated, the LMPD has deep-seated points that can must be addressed,” Findley stated. “In order that’s an amazing first step, however it appears as if this can be a thousand-mile journey.” Gentry stated she doesn’t wish to be the everlasting police chief .