Outrage, concern over LMPD officers throwing drinks at people

                Outrage came from some on Wednesday after two former LMPD detectives admitted to throwing drinks at people in west Louisville on numerous occasions.  The two former LMPD officers served as detectives in the department's 9th Division.  , which the FBI says violated the civil rights of people living in West Louisville.  think it's important for people in this community to understand what some of our officers are capable of,” said Sadiqa Reynolds, president of the Urban League of Louisville.  Documents show that the two men carried drinks in their car and after choosing a target, they, or sometimes another driver, would slow down and drive to the curb.  They would announce over the police radio "someone was thirsty" or "thirsty family"...throw the glass, hit the person and run.  "It's just disgusting, so they deserve everything that's happening to them," Mayor Greg Fischer said.  "If you're disrespecting people when you're driving down the road with a big Slurpee in your hand, how else are your people disrespecting you," said District 13 Councilman Mark Fox, a former LMPD Major.  Prosecutors say in some cases someone would tape the despicable acts on a cellphone and share the video with other officers.  "I don't get it, I just don't get it," Fox said.  Chief Erika Shields, who was not at the department at the time, says their behavior was demoralizing and dehumanizing.  She begins an internal investigation with the Professional Standards Unit and says that if anyone else had any knowledge or was involved, they would face disciplinary action.  Fox says that based on what he has read, he expects action to be taken.  I definitely see letters of reprimand being in order, a few days suspension being in order," Fox told WLKY. What they're guilty of should show the community that we didn't make these things up, all the officers don't. aren't wonderful, not all officers are bad, but there are some bad ones and they're really bad," Reynolds said.  Wilson also pleaded guilty in a separate case to one count of conspiracy to commit cyberstalking.  Prosecutors say he hacked into several women's computer apps and threatened to post compromising photos and videos unless they sent him more.  The two men will be sentenced in September.  Wilson faces 15 years in prison and Flynn 10 years.
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                <strong class="dateline">LOUISVILLE, Ky. —</strong>                                             <p>Outrage came from some on Wednesday after two former LMPD detectives admitted to throwing drinks at people in west Louisville on numerous occasions.

The two former LMPD officers served as detectives in the department’s 9th Division.

On Tuesday, Curt Flynn and Bryan Wilson pleaded guilty to federal charges, which the FBI said violated the civil rights of people living in west Louisville.

From 2018 to 2019, court documents indicate that the civil violations occurred while they were at work in unmarked cars, but wearing clothing that identified them as LMPD agents.

“I think it’s important for people in this community to understand what some of our officers are capable of,” said Sadiqa Reynolds, president of the Louisville Urban League.

Documents show that the two men carried drinks in their cars and after choosing a target, they or sometimes another driver would slow down and head for the curb. They would announce over the police radio “someone was thirsty” or “thirsty family”…throw the drink, hit the person and run.

“It’s just disgusting, so they deserve everything that’s happening to them,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.

“If you’re disrespecting people when you’re driving down the road with a big Slurpee in your hand, how else would you do it,” said District 13 Councilman Mark Fox, a former LMPD Major.

Prosecutors say in some cases someone would record the despicable acts on a cellphone and share the video with other officers.

“I don’t get it, I just don’t get it,” Fox said.

Chief Erika Shields, who was not in the department at the time, said their behavior was demoralizing and dehumanizing.

She begins an internal investigation with the Professional Standards Unit and says that if anyone else was aware or involved, they will be disciplined.

Fox says, based on what he’s read, he expects action to be taken.

“I definitely see letters of reprimand being in order, with some suspension days being in order,” Fox told WLKY.

For a department that has worked to rebuild trust with the community, Reynolds says the actions of a few are making it harder for others who are trying.

“I feel like these actions and what they’re guilty of should show the community that we didn’t make these things up, not all officers are wonderful, not all officers are bad, but there is are bad ones and they’re really bad,” Reynolds said.

Wilson also pleaded guilty in a separate case to one count of conspiracy to commit cyberstalking. Prosecutors say he hacked into several women’s computer apps and threatened to post compromising photos and videos unless they sent him more. The two men will be sentenced in September. Wilson faces 15 years in prison and Flynn 10 years.

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