Interim police Chief Robert Schroeder has been ordered by a judge to testify before a Metro Council committee seeking information on the police department’s response to the Breonna Taylor shooting and resulting protests.The decision is a win for Metro Council members who have sought to hear from Schroeder in an open session setting of the oversight committee. The council members’ investigation deals with Taylor’s shooting and the protests that have taken place since then.Schroeder’s attorney blocked the testimony, citing a recent lawsuit that was filed against the Louisville Metro Police Department and Metro Government. Schroeder, Mayor Greg Fischer and the LMPD and Metro Government are named in the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, which alleges officers have consistently used excessive force against demonstrators.Schroeder and Chief of Public Safety Amy Hess walked out of a committee hearing in August when they were called to testify. That led the Metro Council to seek further court intervention with a judge ruling in earlier September that Hess and Schroeder need to testify before the Metro Council committee.The Fischer administration indicated it would not appeal the ruling and would allow Hess to testify, which she did last week saying that no decision on the police department’s response to protests was made because of politics.Schroeder again continued fighting the judge’s order.”The court finds that intervening plaintiff Chief Schroeder failed to comply with a lawful subpoena by the Louisville Metro Council’s government oversight and audit committee and, in so doing, he has subjected himself to this court’s contempt powers,” the judge said in a decision signed Tuesday.The judge ordered Schroeder to appear before the Metro Council committee on Monday, otherwise the interim chief will be held in contempt.It’s unclear what Schroeder and his attorney plan to do following the judge’s ruling.Schroeder is set to retire at the end of the month. The mayor’s administration said the interim police chief plans to focus on his family, health and furthering his education.Schroeder, who previously served as assistant chief of police, was named interim chief after then-Chief Steve Conrad was fired in June.Yvette Gentry, who previously served as deputy chief of police, is set to replace Schroeder as interim chief.

Interim police Chief Robert Schroeder has been ordered by a judge to testify before a Metro Council committee seeking information on the police department’s response to the Breonna Taylor shooting and resulting protests.

The decision is a win for Metro Council members who have sought to hear from Schroeder in an open session setting of the oversight committee. The council members’ investigation deals with Taylor’s shooting and the protests that have taken place since then.

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Schroeder’s attorney blocked the testimony, citing a recent lawsuit that was filed against the Louisville Metro Police Department and Metro Government. Schroeder, Mayor Greg Fischer and the LMPD and Metro Government are named in the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, which alleges officers have consistently used excessive force against demonstrators.

Schroeder and Chief of Public Safety Amy Hess walked out of a committee hearing in August when they were called to testify. That led the Metro Council to seek further court intervention with a judge ruling in earlier September that Hess and Schroeder need to testify before the Metro Council committee.

The Fischer administration indicated it would not appeal the ruling and would allow Hess to testify, which she did last week saying that no decision on the police department’s response to protests was made because of politics.

Schroeder again continued fighting the judge’s order.

“The court finds that intervening plaintiff Chief Schroeder failed to comply with a lawful subpoena by the Louisville Metro Council’s government oversight and audit committee and, in so doing, he has subjected himself to this court’s contempt powers,” the judge said in a decision signed Tuesday.

The judge ordered Schroeder to appear before the Metro Council committee on Monday, otherwise the interim chief will be held in contempt.

It’s unclear what Schroeder and his attorney plan to do following the judge’s ruling.

Schroeder is set to retire at the end of the month. The mayor’s administration said the interim police chief plans to focus on his family, health and furthering his education.

Schroeder, who previously served as assistant chief of police, was named interim chief after then-Chief Steve Conrad was fired in June.

Yvette Gentry, who previously served as deputy chief of police, is set to replace Schroeder as interim chief.

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