Fischer’s refusal to discuss violence de-escalation with the leadership of CLOUT is yet another reason he should not occupy the mayor’s office. Louisville needs a mayor who will lead in de-escalating violence. Louisville’s mayor should reject the presence of firearms in our public spaces by: 1) challenging the state’s open carry and 2) insisting that LMPD officers leave their firearms in cruisers until needed. Officers can retreat when faced with potential danger, giving everyone time to defuse tension. LMPD sets the tone for the community.
The day after I stood, then marched, then stood for four hours in rain at the recent gun control march, I watched two armed officers in the alley behind my house looking for someone who stole a couple bags of garden mulch. There is no justification in the pursuit of two bags of garden mulch by two armed officers. There is no justification for officers routinely showing up at neighborhood association meetings, in ours libraries, in our parks, etc. with lethal arms. It is not on relating to the NRA that black parents instruct their youth, but to police and armed security guards. Nearly every week we hear a variation on the shooting of a ‘young man holding a cell phone in his grandmother’s backyard’.
Before the St Patrick’s Day parade officers with assault stood adjacent to black vans on on Bardstown Rd. Recently Louisville purchased a second armored vehicle for LMPD. The tone, the message “we can be more violent than you”, does not promote peace in the commons.
Today the two major party candidates are competing for the ‘law and order candidate’ title. Neither Fischer nor Leet are promoting peace. The mayor’s office must lead in creating a peaceful Louisville. Non-violence is central to a sustainable world – non-violence toward each other, toward property and toward the natural world.
(A recent study of the 25 most dangerous jobs in America, published in USA Today, rated police officers at #14, behind pilots, roofers, garbage and recycling collectors, iron workers, truck drivers, farmers and ranchers, loggers, construction workers, landscapers, and mechanics. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/careers/2018/01/09/workplace-fatalities-25-most-dangerous-jobs-america/1002500001/ ).