Protesters want to see changes in the police contract or the upcoming collective agreement. Negotiations between the Mayor`s Office and the Fraternal Order of Police Bluegrass Lodge 4, which represents Lexington officers, are expected to begin soon. “The chickens went home, my friend,” Williams said of the clashes with the officers. “It`s only a small part – we let them [police officers] experience what blacks and browns have been going through in this country for 400 years. Until today. Until today. So, welcome to the point where you understand what we stand for when we meet your white officers. In Lexington, the public can only access police disciplinary records by filing open files. “We had the civil rights movement,” Williams says, “but we still have modern lynchings in the form of police officers shooting at us or putting our knees on our necks or strangling us.” Williams and Cooperation Lexington`s claims focus on increasing accountability within the Lexington Police Department, particularly citing changes in the city`s collective agreement (CBA) with the police union.
For their third week, protests intensified in downtown Lexington, as crowds insisted on increased police accountability. Protest organizers say they will continue to degenerate until city chiefs and police comply with their demands. In accordance with current disciplinary guidelines and procedures, any complaint against a sworn official is reviewed by the Police Department of Public Integrity. The IPU submits its findings to the Chief of Police, who then makes a disciplinary recommendation that will ultimately be submitted to the Board for final approval. The protesters` claim document cites a national project called Check the Police, which assesses how police union contracts block the responsibility of police officers. Lexington police said that in situations with court proceedings, the trial must be resolved before a formal internal review begins, reports the herald`s chief. The changes that many people see are not new. The Lexington collaboration first released its claim document more than a year ago, following an argument between two police officers and a teenager at Fayette Mall.