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This Week In Conversation: Are Louisville Metro Police Traffic Stops Effective, Or Racial Profiling?

 Two Louisville Metro Police Department cruisers are parked under an overpass in Louisville.
J. Tyler Franklin
Louisville Public Media
Two Louisville Metro Police Department cruisers are parked under an overpass in Louisville.

A now-viral videoof a Louisville Metro Police traffic stop — in which officers pulled over a black teenager in west Louisville for making a wide turn then searched his car after he was handcuffed and frisked — has sparked criticism of LMPD policies.

An internal investigation has been launched into the traffic stop involving 18-year-old Tae-Ahn Lea, and Mayor Greg Fischer has asked for a review of the department’s traffic stop data.

Police leaders say such stops in high-crime areas are an effective toolin battling drug dealing, gang violence and other problems.

Critics arguethat the policy is over-aggressive, and some say it often amounts to racial profiling.

Next time on WFPL’s In Conversation, we’ll talk about LMPD’s use of traffic stops.

Our guests will include:

  • Nicolai Jilek, President of the River City Fraternal Order of Police
  • Keturah Herron, ACLU of Kentucky Field Organizer for Juvenile Justice

Listen to In Conversation live on 89.3 WFPL Friday at 11 a.m. or follow along with our live Tweets at @WFPLnews. Call with your questions or comments at 502-814-TALK or tweet us with the hashtag #WFPLconversation. We’re also on Facebook.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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