Opinion | Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer may have the second-hardest job in government – The Washington Post – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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LOUISVILLE — Big corporations, small businesses, schools, churches, police departments and, most important, people of all races, nationalities and political views collide in America’s cities. In theory, that means an effective mayor could improve race relations, education, crime and economic development for hundreds of thousands of people in a way that senators or even governors cannot. But in reality, at least in 2021, mayors can’t fix much of that — and get singled out for blame when they don’t.

But everything changed for Fischer that March. He felt the pandemic personally — his wife was one of the first people in Louisville diagnosed with covid-19 and was hospitalized before recovering. That same month, the city’s police, as part of a drug probe, burst into 26-year-old Breonna Taylor’s apartment after midnight, believing that a person under investigation was having packages shipped to her home. Not knowing who was entering, Taylor’s boyfriend fired a shot and hit one of the officers, leading the officers to fire back, killing Taylor, who was not under investigation.

“It was unusual in that it was a female involved,” Fischer told me during an interview in his office last week, describing his initial reaction when the police chief told him of the killing that would come to define his tenure.

Louisville activists led protests of Taylor’s killing, and those demonstrations grew dramatically after George Floyd’s murder with residents joining a national and international movement condemning police violence and systemic racism.

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