Black woman to lead police force reeling from Breonna Taylor

Kentucky News

Protesters march past the Churchill Downs racetrack before the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For the first time, a Black woman will lead Kentucky’s Louisville Metro Police Department, which has been been heavily criticized since officers fatally shot Breonna Taylor.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Monday that Yvette Gentry will serve as interim chief.

The Courier-Journal reports Gentry is a former Louisville Metro Police deputy chief who retired from the force in 2014.

She will be the first woman and third African American to serve as chief.

Gentry’s appointment comes at a low point in relations between police and Black residents in Louisville.

Protesters have marched for more than 100 consecutive days since police raided Taylor’s home and killed her.

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(This story was originally published on Sept. 7, 2020)

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