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Jury hands demoted LMPD officer $300,000 verdict in case against city

Matthew Glowicki - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Jury hands demoted LMPD officer $300,000 verdict in case against city

Jurors have awarded $300,000 to a Louisville Metro Police lieutenant who sued the city claiming he was demoted in retaliation for speaking out about issues within the department.

After about three of hours of deliberation, jurors handed Lt. Raymond "Jimmy" Harper a victory in his whistleblower suit.

He'll receive $115,000 in lost wages and $185,000 for embarrassment/mental anguish, which brings the total verdict to $300,000.

Harper won't receive anything for punitive damages.

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Metro Council president accused of colluding in lawsuit against the city

Jason Riley - WDRB 41
PHOTO: Metro Council president accused of colluding in lawsuit against the city

Attorneys for the city have accused Metro Council President David James of "acting in collusion" with a Louisville police officer who has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the department and Metro Government.

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LMPD officers shoot and kill man in Southside neighborhood

Kyle Mitchell - WDRB 41
PHOTO: LMPD officers shoot and kill man in Southside neighborhood

Louisville Metro Police was tight-lipped Thursday afternoon hours after Chief Steve Conrad said a man was shot and killed by an officer in the Southside neighborhood.

Conrad said officers were sent to the Colonial Oaks apartments near Colonial Oaks Court and Southside Drive just after noon on Thursday. Dispatchers received several calls about a domestic violence disturbance that was taking place there.

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The cost taxpayers bear to hold officers accountable

Andreina Centlivre - WAVE 3
PHOTO: The cost taxpayers bear to hold officers accountable

Louisville Metro Police Department body cameras give the public a glimpse into split-second decisions made by those wearing the badge.

But that transparency doesn't come cheap.

LMPD budgets about $1.5 million for body cameras, maintenance and video storage.

"On the surface, yes, I think this sounds very expensive," Lt. James Cirillo said. "But it is hard to quantify how many times there could have been a lawsuit had there not been video."

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'He never lost his positive spirit': LMPD officer loses battle with cancer

Natalia Martinez - WAVE 3
PHOTO: 'He never lost his positive spirit': LMPD officer loses battle with cancer

There aren't many pictures where LMPD Officer Steve Wise isn't smiling.

"Even the criminals," his longtime friend and fellow officer, Pete Pastin said, "If you find somebody he locked up, I'm sure they'll you Steve made them laugh on the way to jail."

Wise had a special way with the badge. It was a job he'd fought to obtain.

Floyd County Chief Wayne Kessinger was a Louisville Police Captain in the First Division when he first met Wise.

Kessinger told WAVE 3 News he considered Wise a maintenance man, not a janitor, because no matter what you needed, Wise would get the job done.

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LMPD shoots robbery suspect in the Portland neighborhood

WDRB 41
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 10:38PM
PHOTO: LMPD shoots robbery suspect in the Portland neighborhood

A robbery suspect shot by a Louisville Metro Police officer in the Portland neighborhood has died.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad says officers responded to reports of a robbery at a Metro PCS store at 26th and Market Streets just after noon on Tuesday. The suspect left on foot.

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Police officer shoots suspect after being called to incident on Bardstown near West Buechel

Deborah Yetter - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Police officer shoots suspect after being called to incident on Bardstown near West Buechel

A police officer shot a suspect who allegedly shot another person in an altercation near West Buechel on Sunday.

Both people were taken to University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition, said Maj. Frank Hardison, commander of the Louisville Metro Police public integrity unit.

Hardison said witnesses notified a West Buechel officer about the altercation in the 3400 block of Bardstown Road around 4 p.m., and the officer and an off-duty Hurstbourne Acres officer responded.

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LMPD releases body cam footage after suspect shot by police near Breckenridge Lane

Kyle Mitchell - WDRB 41
PHOTO: LMPD releases body cam footage after suspect shot by police near Breckenridge Lane

Two LMPD officers shot a suspect early Saturday morning near Breckenridge Lane.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said the officers were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle around 1 a.m. Saturday at the Breckinridge Square Apartments, near Breckenridge Lane and Taylorsville Road.

Officers Eric Goldschmidt and Ian Stuart fired at the suspect, Elijah Eubanks, who was taken to University Hospital for surgery. He is now listed as stable, but the extent of his injuries is unclear. The officers were not injured.

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