Louisville, Ky. once made ambitious promises to transform its police department and mend its relationship with the Black community. Five years later, Louisville police killed Breonna Taylor in her home, kicking off a protest movement unlike anything the city had seen in decades.
In a joint KyCIR/Newsy investigation, insiders and documents reveal the systemic barriers and choices made by city leaders and the Louisville Metro Police Department that led to its failure to meaningfully change. How did Louisville go from a national leader in policing to an epicenter of the movement for racial justice in the United States? Find out on Dig Season 2: The Model City.
1: The Eye of the Storm
Barbecue chef David McAtee was a staple at 26th & Broadway, and a bridge between the police and his community.
In 2016, Louisville leaders promised policing focused on protection and safety. Did they deliver?
3: People, Places and Narcotics
A homicide spike leads Louisville away from its promises of police reform.
4: Might As Well Appeal
Former and current LMPD officers say the job can chew up and spit out people who want to do community policing.
5: Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor
Response to protests in the summer of 2020 show how far LMPD had fallen from its ideals.
6: 'Who's Gonna Be Next?'
City leadership makes a very familiar set of promises. Is it too late?
This is the first time I’ve ever felt compelled to leave a podcast review. The second season of Dig shook me to my core. I work in the justice system and represented protestors during 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Eleanor so accurately presents the movement surrounding the deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, that I found myself having to hit pause to gather myself and my memories of the time. She presents the failures of LMPD in such a straight forward manner through the voices of the communities they have failed the most. Dig season 2 is a call to action.
Police are targeting black citizens of Louisville Ky, No trust is the key problem for us in the “Westend of Louisville. The police is over aggressive when they come to the Westend because they know this community is 90% black
Omg..This is so eye opening and crazy. A must listen if you live in Lou or even anywhere KY really