The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, appointed a brand new interim police chief Monday, naming Yvette Gentry, a Black girl, to the position.
Gentry will exchange Robert Schroeder, who’s retiring, Mayor Greg Fischer introduced Monday. She beforehand was chief of group constructing within the metropolis authorities, and earlier than that, she was a police officer for greater than 20 years.
“Yvette brings the type of distinctive expertise and powerful group relationships want to steer LMPD till a everlasting chief is in place, and he or she is obsessed with working to assist her metropolis reimagine public security and tackle systemic racism,” Fischer stated.
In a tearful tackle to reporters, Gentry stated she is devoted to working towards a greater police division however hopes the group can work collectively to that objective.
“I admire the chance. This was not straightforward for us, Greg Fischer, was it?” Gentry stated. “That is going to sign some change. A brand new day is coming.”
Gentry would be the first Black girl to function a police chief in Louisville, based on CNN affiliate WDRB.
Gentry will maintain the place of interim chief for not more than six months, stated Chief of Public Security Amy Hess. Metropolis officers suppose they are going to be capable to discover a substitute by the top of the yr, Fischer stated. He additionally clarified that Gentry hasn’t utilized for the everlasting position.
Schroeder, who held the interim place since June, is retiring to concentrate on his household and end his doctorate.
He adopted former Chief Steve Conrad, who was fired after officers found two cops concerned in deadly capturing of a person throughout a protest over George Floyd’s loss of life had not activated their physique cameras.
The protests in Louisville have centered on the death of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician who was shot a number of occasions when three LMPD officers entered her condo by power in March to serve a search warrant in a medicine investigation.