@#6 ... Louisville is getting out of control. ...
In another life, a few decades ago, I lived in Louisville.
Back then it was an excellent city, and the people there were great.
I wonder what happened?
#12 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2020-06-02 03:41 PM | FLAG:
Louisville is still an excellent city. Probably more excellent now than it was years ago. I grew up here and I know its beauty and its warts.
Louisville is where the Midwest and South come together. We have a Southern Baptist seminary and a Presbyterian seminary here. In fact, the Presbyterian Church USA is based here. There's also an enormous number of Catholics here, including some liberal, activist priests for whom I have great respect. Believe it or not, we also have a large Jewish population and until the current mayor we had a Jewish mayor serve so many terms we called him "Mayor for Life." He consistently scored 90% approval ratings. I know him well. The current mayor is Catholic. I know him too. I went to high school with his brother. He's a decent guy. He doesn't have a lot of charisma but he has good intentions.
The way the current mayor tells it, the police have done some indefensible things. He has tried to walk the line between respecting the rights of the protesters to protest and protecting shop owners and other people from harm. He probably hasn't been as visible or as bold as he should. I'm hoping that improves quickly. We'll see. He did fire the police chief over the officers' failure to have operating body cameras in the shooting death of David McAtee. And he has met with the family of Breonna Taylor and has worked with them to collectively appeal to the public to maintain the peace.
As for the McAtee situation, I was convinced it was either an unprovoked murder or an accidental slaying of a bystander. Watching security cameras yesterday, however, has caused me to step back and reserve judgment. Image resolution isn't perfect, but it does appear that McAtee stepped out the door of his BBQ business and raised an object over his head toward police before being shot himself. It's conceivable that he didn't know who the armed men charging toward his business were. It's conceivable that the object wasn't a gun, but rather tongs, since he was cooking BBQ. He also was known to have a good relationship with the police. So l'll have to see what else comes out.
It's a most unhappy time in Louisville right now, that's for sure. Despite that, the protests last night were smaller and well-behaved. If you could go back to 2019, Louisville had a reputation as a laid-back, left-leaning city, with a diverse economy, superb dining, arts and entertainment choices, a downtown undergoing rebirth, and a higher-than-average tolerance for different lifestyles and opinions. But racism is still an issue here, as I assume it is most anywhere, and I won't sugarcoat it, we've had more than our share of ugly events based in prejudice over the years. The slaying of Breonna Taylor looks like one of those. David McAtee? Just not sure.