Seeing their need, Chef Gentry raised enough money to purchase dozens of air conditioning units. Along with other officers, she installed them. It would not be an exaggeration to say that his project may have saved lives; more than 250 people in the Midwest have died from the heat this summer.
“Policing is a great opportunity to learn more about how you help people,” said Chief Gentry. “Very few people have the privilege of peeking behind the curtains, so that’s what you do with that information, you know, what are you going to do with it now that you see it?”
Over the next two decades, Chief Gentry rose through the ranks, becoming Deputy Chief in 2011 and retiring from the force in January 2015.
Then this summer he was asked to come back. Some friends told him not to. Her husband was also skeptical, worried about his health – Chief Gentry was declared free from breast cancer in 2016.
During his swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Greg Fischer described the unrest in Louisville as “a difficult time, unlike anything we have ever seen.”
One October night, at the suburban home of state attorney general Daniel Cameron, about four dozen demonstrators gathered to protest his office’s investigation into Ms Taylor’s death. Police officers were there too: they formed a line and started to march, urging the crowd to get out of the street. Reluctantly, the protesters retreated, in a scene that has become typical in 2020.
When asked about Chief Gentry’s ability to improve conditions in Louisville, protesters disagreed. Travis Nagdy, 21, said he would wait and see, although he was skeptical that she could fix the issues that led to the protests in the first place. About a month later, on November 23, Mr. Nagdy was shot and killed in Louisville. The police made no arrests in this case.