Former Baltimore mayor discusses Breonna Taylor settlement

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake details what’s needed for Louisville, Kentucky, to move forward after a massive settlement was reached between the city and Taylor’s family.
5:26 | 09/16/20

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And for more perspective on all of this Stephanie Rawlings Blake is here the former mayor of Baltimore her served. During the protests over Freddie Gray's death back in 20:15 good morning there. Cunanan. So just how significant is this settlement between the city of Louisville and the Taylor family what kind of a precedent to think this sets. I think it it is significant. I don't think it sets a precedent. Because the president has already been set in many cases. Be a very unfortunate. I'm in debt individuals and police custody. Our settlements are customary. We did any significant settlement in Baltimore after the family. Freddy gray so it's. It is found not precedent setting but it is our Signet. Against that another part of the settlement is this agreement to incentivize police officers to live in areas where they serve. Ants use social workers to support police on certain calls. How does a city implement changes like this and how long before you think we might see their impact. I'll do it in reverse the impact I think is one of the things that it's not going to happen overnight but we do know. That when you talked to community members they want our baby one police are there's been living in their community they don't want to elect the police there the police officers are occupying their neighborhood that's why when I was mayor. I'm years before the death of Freddie Graham implemented and why incentives. For homeownership or. First responders police officers our firefighters because I heard the community say that they wanted. Those people who are their lives on the line to protect them. To be a part of their community so those incentives work we were able to create a lot of new ownership. Eighties or first responders we expanded its all city employees so I know it is a program wedding is offered you create those real incentives. From me the officers will take you up on it eight it will over time. Eight the tight I'm neighborhoods where. Everyone can grow any impropriety can be state how much do you think. That will help the current circumstances and Louisville. I think it is part the solution I don't think that there's one single thing that. Willie correct all. The problems whether it's it's systemic racism and over military and nation the police department. I'm that disconnect in many cases between. People based air. There are lots of challenges to get policing to where we need it should be in this country. I'm so I'm proud that this settlement and I'm grateful that this settlement is really tried to tackle. Are some upbeat issues that. Are present in doable but. But can also send a signal to cities across the country ways that they can improve their relationship between the community released goes. The police can't do it alone if you don't have a good relationship with the community are not going to be trusted not to get information. They need to cases. And the community cannot keep itself state. Buy it stop so it is it is a relationship. That. Aaron will exists whether it's good or bad and this I think this settlement act. I hope and I I think I will create more good. And that each are allowable. And certainly hope so and then they're been protests all over the country calling for justice. In very honest Taylor's death those same protests are also calling for. Police reforms how much pressure do you think or how much do you think that crap pressure played a role. In this kind of settlement that comes with these kinds of promises. I'd. Hear me. There's the pressure around the country we can't be alert. But when and when mayors went and he attorneys. For both sides sit down at the table. I'm I don't speak Arabic the protests are what they're thinking about bit icky about how to make that best settlement. Where they jurisdiction for the community involved. I'm so and that being said. I do hope that V. And the energy and the commitment that we've seen so many protesters who want shady to say they watch eight across the country will translate it seem real activism. When and you know win win. These armed police reform bills are before their city councils are there county is or their state. It hasn't index based and they abdicate brick. I am I can tell you was hair bleached challenging me I'll fighting for police or form sometimes I myself. I've not having a lot. It's. Port unfortunately after the death of Freddie great everyone wanted to come out and state is needed these are orders we need this is activism. Consistently we need is up pressure consistently on elected officials. On on police unions are a can't just be when there's. A tragic death. At least the Arab activism. Right Stephanie fault Rawlings Blake former mayor of Baltimore. We appreciate your time this morning and we appreciate your take thank you. Let's hear.

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