Fisher insists Louisville is safe in controversial radio interview


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Despite a more than 100% increase in homicides and shootings in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer told a local radio host the city was “safe.”

the interview between Fischer and Terry Meiners on WHAS Radio was controversial and outraged by the dozens of officers who said the violence in the city was real.

A perceived lack of leadership by Fischer was what Meiners cited as the reason for the surge in violence and an exhausted police force.

“What kind of leadership support would you like to see? Fischer asked Meiners.

“Many police officers contacted me today and told me it was a lack of leadership and that is what worried them,” Meiners replied. “There is no respect for law enforcement and it endangers the life of everyone who puts on a badge and comes out and just does their job. “

“Well that’s a ridiculous claim, so if you have any details beyond a comment like this, please let us know,” Fischer said.

Fischer also insisted the city is safe, despite a record number of shootings, killings and carjackings.

“The odds that a person is just a random victim and a victim of violent crime and gun crime are statistically low, that’s what you see,” Fischer said. “We don’t know what happened with Deputy Shirley… but we’ll find out.”

Fischer said other cities are also seeing an increase in gun violence.

“This is something that is unfortunately happening and is concentrated in a few selected areas of the city,” the mayor said.

Fischer noted that Louisville crime statistics and maps are available for anyone to view online.

The interview continued with Fisher contradicting Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders, who said he received more than 100 applications, mostly from LMPDs, for two of his job postings as officers didn’t feel not backed by the Louisville Police Department.

“’No, I’m not buying that at all,” Fischer said. “Chief Sanders had the lowest paid police in the state when he was in charge of the Kentucky state police, so he knows something about low pay.”

According to Sanders, Jeffersontown’s high officer salary is due to the town’s leadership, which is why the department is now one of the highest paid departments in the region.

“This is again a reflection of the support we are receiving from our mayor,” said Sanders.

The JTown Police Chief added that salary and benefits are only part of the reason officers are hoping to leave LMPD for a job there. He noted that LMPD officers are moving to other departments in Bardstown, St. Matthews, Mt. Washington and Shepardsville.

During the interview with Meiners, Fischer added that the Jeffersontown Police “choose” LMPD after officers were trained by the Louisville Department.

Sanders did not deny it.

“That’s right, we take officers,” Sanders said. “It is because these agents are anxious to leave LMPD and arrive in a department where they feel appreciated and supported.”

Fischer also denied that officers booed him and came out on the call in June 2020. However, WAVE 3 News got the videos showing the incident, provided by several officers who said they came out to protest the mayor.

Fischer told Meiners it was misreported.

Watch the video below.

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