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Louisville mayor 'doing fine' after assault at Fourth Street Live; suspect sought

Metro Police has released surveillance images of the man accused of assaulting the mayor Saturday night.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nearly 24 hours after Mayor Greg Fischer was assaulted at Fourth Street Live, Metro Police said they are still investigating and there have been no arrests.

The mayor had been out and about in the community attending events on Saturday celebrating Kentuckiana Pride and Juneteenth.

A video independently obtained and currently being reviewed by WHAS11 News showed a man walking up to Mayor Fischer, winding back his arm and then punching him. The video also shows the mayor falling to the ground as someone is confronting the attacker. The attacker walks away from the incident, down Fourth Street near Broadway. Metro Police released surveillance stills from what is believed to be from the video later that night.

The question at hand is, where was the mayor’s security?

It appears in the video that there may have not been a heavy presence of security detail around Mayor Fischer.

"Most of those people, it's been my experience, do not want a wall of security around them, like an invincible bubble," Greg Gitschier, a former secret service agent and bodyguard for the mayor said. "They want to be accessible to the public or to their fans, or, you know, whoever the constituents."

He says in his time as security, he didn't see the issues that are arising now.

"It's becoming an upside down world because lines that were never crossed so much in the past now seem to be no longer matter," Gitschier said.

Hannah Drake, a community activist in Louisville says the increase in violence against elected officials is becoming too common.

"And here we are again in this day and age where it seems there is no where that you can go and feel a level of safety," she said.

Drake saying it's upsetting to see the violence and notes fixes to some of the issues may be easier than people think.

"That's the problem, too many of us don't sit down and talk to each other and we think we are so different, we're not," she said.

Credit: LMPD
LMPD releases surveillance still of suspect accused of punching Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer at 4th Street Live

Mayor Fischer’s office said he does have a security detail and would not comment on specifics, but said it is “always being evaluated and adjusted as needed.”

Fischer was evaluated at the scene by EMS and it was determined no further treatment was necessary.

He did send his well wishes on Sunday for those celebrating Father’s Day and the Juneteenth holiday.

If you were in the area and may have saw what happened, LMPD is urging you to call their Anonymous Tip Line at (502) 574-LMPD or use their online Crime Tip Portal.

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