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Louisville Appoints First Black Woman Police Chief Amid Breonna Taylor Protests

Louisville, Kentucky has been grappling with the ongoing protests against police violence in the city in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s death that has swept the entire nation. Over 100 days later and citizens continue to keep saying Breonna’s name seeking the justice she deserves. To move Louisville’s police force in a new direction, Louisville mayor Greg Fischer has appointed Yvette Gentry — new interim police chief — as the first Black woman to serve as the police chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department, the New York Post reports . Gentry will be taking over for Interim Chief Robert Schroeder — who has only held the position for four months — as he’s set to retire at the end of September, according to BET . Gentry previously worked in the city’s department and rose to the ranks of deputy chief before retiring back in 2014. She shared that she’s returning to the force for “all of you that urged me to take this position and try to move the needle,” in an emotional speech...

Sep 9, 2020