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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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Police say Louisville woman falsely accused a police officer of sexual assault

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PHOTO: Police say Louisville woman falsely accused a police officer of sexual assault

A Louisville woman is facing additional charges after police say she made a false claim of sexual assault against a police officer.

On March 16, 23-year-old Gina Dorsey was arrested and charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, menacing and third-degree assault of a police officer. Two days after that arrest, Dorsey accused one of the police officers who arrested her with sexual assault.

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Drunk driver who killed LMPD Detective and a Lexington man sentenced to prison

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PHOTO: Drunk driver who killed LMPD Detective and a Lexington man sentenced to prison

A drunk driver who killed an off duty Louisville Metro Police officer and another man learns her punishment.

Suzanne Whitlow pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and DUI in February. On Friday, she was sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison.

Whitlow told the judge she is sorry and takes full responsibility, "I know I deserve to go to prison."

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LMPD officer's wife dead from flu, remembered as giving, loving mother

Lauren Adams - WLKY 32
PHOTO: LMPD officer's wife dead from flu, remembered as giving, loving mother

LMPD officer's wife dead from flu, remembered as giving, loving mother

Leda Ramey was the proud wife of an LMPD officer, a Girl Scout troop leader, and a loving mother to five young children.

Friend and fellow LMPD wife Tessa Priddy told WLKY, "Just everybody loved her. She was your best friend, instantly."

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