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LMPD chief issues apology to Metro Council after homeless camp cleared out

WLKY Louisville logo WLKY Louisville 3/3/2021
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Louisville's police chief issued an apology to the Metro Council after a homeless camp downtown was mistakenly cleared out.

The sweep happened the week the metro saw several rounds of bitter winter weather. Many of the homeless were moved to shelters or temporary housing, thus leaving the homeless camps empty.

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Over at the camp on Market Street under the interstate overpass, members of the Louisville Metro Police Department were supposed to only move items to clean the area, but instead the belongings were moved out and the area was cleared up.

The LMPD issued an apology after the incident, but police Chief Erika Shields appeared before the Metro Council for the first time Tuesday to address the incident.

Shields referred to the incident as an issue of miscommunication between officers. She stressed that the LMPD is only meant to provide security for the cleaning.

The police chief said she is working with Public Works and the Office of Resilience and Community Services to update policies. Those will include documentation about what is to occur when cleanings are scheduled.

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