Vigil planned following deadly shooting in Portland

The day after a deadly shooting during a concert at Tim Faulkner Gallery, the popular Portland venue issued a statement on social media saying, in part: “Art, music and the Tim Faulkner Gallery are all about peace and love. The tragedy last night came as a shock and we are devastated.”

Early Sunday morning, shots rang out during a rap concert at Faulkner Gallery: University of Louisville student Savannah Jeanne Walker, 20, was killed, and five others were wounded, The Courier-Journal and other outlets reported.

No suspect has been identified in connection with the shooting, and LMPD is seeking information.

Here is Faulkner Gallery’s statement in its entirety:

According to UofL professors interviewed in the wake of the shooting, Walker was a stellar student who was “doing everything right.” A vigil to honor Walker is planned for Wednesday, from 8-10 p.m., outside Grawmeyer Hall on UofL’s campus.

Special investigator looking into LMPD sex-abuse scandal

Mayor Greg Fischer has tapped a former federal prosecutor to lead a wide-ranging special investigation into claims of sex abuse (and an alleged cover-up) within the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Explorer program.

Former U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey will serve as special investigator in the case, which stems from a lawsuit in which a former Explorer alleges he was raped by two officers while a participant in the program for youths interested in law enforcement. The lawsuit remains sealed, though The Courier-Journal first reported the allegations last week.

“We have to get to the bottom of these disturbing allegations — for ourselves, for our citizens, for the thousands of LMPD officers who are honest, compassionate, courageous people of integrity,” Mayor Fischer said in a statement announcing the investigation. “We need to know the truth. And, most importantly, for the victims of anyone who may have committed a crime while wearing an LMPD uniform.

“We have to get the whole story — and we will.”

A bipartisan contingent of council members called for a special investigation last week.

Metro Government contracted with Harvey to examine the allegations of sexual abuse, as well as the actions of city employees and others regarding the alleged abuse. The special investigator will periodically update the Metro Council Government Accountability committee on his work.

Trump in town: Here are details of his event, plus a counter-rally

Donald Trump | Photo via Creative Commons

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, President Donald Trump will make an appearance in our fair city this evening. During the rally, Trump is expected to pitch the Republican Party’s new legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The event is open to the public, and though it isn’t scheduled to kick off until 7:30 p.m., hopeful attendees began lining up outside Freedom Hall early Monday morning. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

And if by chance you reside on the other side of the political aisle, there is an anti-Trump rally planned for this afternoon/evening, because democracy. Organized by a nonprofit dubbed Indivisible Kentucky, the event takes place from 3-9 p.m. outside the Fair and Expo Center. The tentative location is the parking lot, though that might change if a designated “Free Speech Zone” is announced. Check the event’s Facebook page for the latest details.

Special guests at the “Louisville Movement Against Trump” include musicians Ben Sollee and John Paul Wright, state Reps. Mary Lou Marzian, Joni L. Jenkins and Jim Wayne, and prominent local activists.


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