Here’s Greg Fischer’s letter:
Monday, June 22, 2015
A recent letter by FOP President Dave Mutchler highlighted some of the very real challenges you face as law enforcement officers. When we sign up for public service, we are held to a high standard and at times face criticism — some of it constructive and reasonable, some of it dishonest or unfair, all of it allowed under the First Amendment.
Sergeant Mutchler also has a First Amendment right to speak his mind. However, responsible dialogue must be made with sensitivity to community relations, historical challenges, the raw and emotional time our city and nation find themselves in, and the recognition that words can have real consequences.
For many, it was hard not to interpret Mr. Mutchler’s letter as threatening. While he said that was not his intention, he used language that made many people fearful and defensive. Furthermore, some of his statements have the potential to undue (sic) years of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s work to develop thoughtful and constructive relationships with community members. That is why I rebuked his letter last week.
While I disagree with some of Mr. Mutchler’s words, I want to be absolutely clear in my support for LMPD, and my understanding of the even more difficult task of policing in the post-Ferguson world, as well as the importance of LMPD protecting every one of our citizens’ constitutional rights.
Through my regular interaction with LMPD and the community, I know we can be a model city for balancing the difficult work of policing and community activism. In order to advance that critical work, and protect not only our community members but also protect you, I will continue to speak strongly against any words or acts that potentially lead toward unrest.
I remain inspired and proud of our force, and will continue to do all I can to lift up, advance and promote your good work.
Strong words from the mayor to the LMPD.
Meanwhile, Mutchler still hasn’t responded to the Human Relations Commission’s Advocacy Board.