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Louisville police implement strict pursuit policy to reduce high-speed chases

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PHOTO: Louisville police implement strict pursuit policy to reduce high-speed chases

The Louisville Metro Police Department has again changed its policy on when officers can chase a fleeing vehicle, reversing course and rejoining departments among the more strict in the country in allowing pursuits.

The new policy, which took effect April 26 according to an internal memo written by Chief Erika Shields, is a rollback to a policy enacted in December 2012 to reduce deaths and injuries caused by the chases.

As part of the 2012 change, LMPD officers could only pursue suspects involved with a violent felony. Otherwise, the chase had to be called off.

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LMPD officer exonerated for repeatedly punching protester during arrest at Jefferson Square Park

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PHOTO: LMPD officer exonerated for repeatedly punching protester during arrest at Jefferson Square Park

A Louisville Metro Police officer who was captured on video punching a man several times in the face while he was protesting at Jefferson Square Park last April has been cleared of wrongdoing in an internal investigation by the department.

Officer Aaron Ambers was investigated for possible violations of department policies involving de-escalation and use of physical force in the April 18, 2021, arrest of Denorver Garrett.

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Former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison found not guilty on charges from Breonna Taylor raid

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PHOTO: Former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison found not guilty on charges from Breonna Taylor raid

Former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison, the only officer charged in the controversial raid that killed Breonna Taylor, was found not guilty on three counts of wanton endangerment by a Jefferson County jury Thursday.

The jury of eight men and four women deliberated for about three hours after hearing five days of testimony. A judge told Hankison he was free to leave.

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LMPD moves to fire detective for threatening to kill command staff

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PHOTO: LMPD moves to fire detective for threatening to kill command staff

A Louisville Metro Police detective was informed Wednesday he will be fired after threatening to kill other law enforcement officers, according to a pre-termination letter from Chief Erika Shields.

The letter says Detective Christopher Palombi "made statements that you were going to bring guns to the Homicide Unit and kill people," including members of the command staff.

The threats were made in December and January, according to the letter.

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Former assistant LMPD chief says detective who fatally shot Breonna Taylor shouldn't have been fired

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PHOTO: Former assistant LMPD chief says detective who fatally shot Breonna Taylor shouldn't have been fired

Former Louisville police deputy chief LaVita Chavous testified Wednesday that she believes Det. Myles Cosgrove should not have been terminated after firing 16 shots into Breonna Taylor's home, including the one that killed her.

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