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Six Months In, Lexington Mayor Offers Progress Report On Racial Justice Recommendations

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Arlo Barnette
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WUKY

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton says the city is making headway on the recommendations produced by her Commission on Racial Justice & Equality.

Of the dozens of recommendations contained in the commission's report, the administration has begun work in several areas, from efforts surrounding housing and gentrification to policing changes. But going forward, the mayor's budget calls for a dedicated staff member to oversee the process.   

"This new budget will allow us to accelerate implementation of commission recommendations through a new senior staff position," Gorton explained during her recent budget address.

Some of the changes underway include: expanding bodycam use across the entire police force, proposals for Diversity and Inclusion workshops for city employees, $12 million for eviction prevention programs, and the development of a new Department of Housing Advocacy. 

The moves come as local faith leaders renew a push for a total no-knock warrant ban. Right now, the practice is under a moratorium with some exceptions.

View the full list of progress updates on the commission recommendations.

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