2 former LMPD officers plead guilty to throwing drinks at citizens while on duty | New

LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – Two former Louisville Metro Police officers pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to charges of violating civil rights through the use of force for throwing drinks at citizens during their service.

Bryan Wilson, 36, and Curt Flynn, 40, both former members of the LMPD’s Ninth Mobile Division, ‘assaulted and attempted to assault’ citizens by throwing drinks and containers at them while on duty, according to a Press release.

Officers videotaped the incidents from their cellphones and Wilson showed the videos to other members of the unit, according to the statement from the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The officers “engaged in a plot to violate the rights of many civilians through oppression and intimidation,” the statement said.

Additionally, Wilson also pleaded guilty to a separate count of conspiracy to commit cyberstalking for harassing and extorting at least six women by threatening to post stolen photos and videos he had stolen.

Wilson, the statement said, used the compromising documents he had stolen to extort more photographs from the women.

Both men are due to be sentenced on September 30 in US District Court. Wilson faces up to 15 years in prison. Flynn could be sentenced to a decade in prison.

There is no parole in the federal prison system.

The two officers were charged with buying large drinks and then choosing a target, slowing down, speaking words over the police radio to the effect of “someone was thirsty” or ” thirst fam” and then throwing the drink at the person.

At least once, according to authorities, a citizen was knocked to the ground by the impact.

In June 2021, Chief Erika Shields told the Louisville Metro Council that the FBI was investigating a report of LMPD agents throwing objects at people in west Louisville.

At the time, she said the two officers involved had been reassigned to office duties.

Councilwoman Jessica Green, D-1, then told Shields the behavior was ‘absolutely disgusting and disgusting and I hope no one makes excuses for this kind of behavior and I hope that’s the kind thing that is handled with the kind of speed and seriousness that the behavior warrants.

Shields said she thinks it will be “another black eye for the department and it will show very, very poor judgment on the part of a select few people in this department.”

This story will be updated.

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