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LMPD chief launches internal investigation after video of violent confrontation surfaces

Lexie Ratterman - WDRB 41
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Louisville's police chief is launching an investigation into the arrest of a man left swollen and in a neck brace after an altercation with an officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department Sunday afternoon.

After reviewing body camera footage, LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad has launched an investigation led by LMPD's Professional Standards Unit. The investigation will attempt to determine if any departmental policies were violated.

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Fischer, Leet offer starkly different pictures of Louisville at debate

Darcy Costello - Courier~Journal
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Greg Fischer and Angela Leet both live and work in Louisville, but the two painted drastically different pictures of the city in their second and final debate Tuesday night, three weeks out from Election Day.

Fischer, the incumbent Democrat seeking a third four-year term, pledged in his closing remarks to build on the successes of his tenure, highlighting accomplishments in his description of Louisville's "renaissance."

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Rev. Kevin Cosby addresses his traffic stop: 'I just want consistency'

Darcy Costello - Courier~Journal
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The Rev. Kevin Cosby doesn't believe he's above the law. But he does want consistency in its enforcement.

"I am entitled, like all people in West Louisville and in urban communities, to equal protection under the law," Cosby told University of Louisville professor Ricky Jones in a recorded interview. "I just want consistency."

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Judge denies request to reinstate rank of LMPD lieutenant who sued city

Jason Riley - WDRB 41
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A Jefferson Circuit Court judge has denied Louisville Metro Police Lieutenant Jimmy Harper's request to be reinstated to his position as major, in part because of the hostility between Harper and Chief Steve Conrad.

A jury trial earlier this month ended with Harper winning a $300,000 verdict. He sued claiming he was demoted from the rank of major in retaliation for speaking out to Mayor Greg Fischer about how the department was being managed by Conrad.

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

Matthew Glowicki - Courier~Journal
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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
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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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