- Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers are under investigation for throwing drinks at pedestrians.
- The police chief said two officers have been placed on desk duty related to the matter.
- One of the officers in question was also connected to the events ahead of the 2020 Breonna Taylor shooting.
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A Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officer named in the Breonna Taylor case is one of several officers under investigation for allegedly throwing slushies or drinks at people from police vehicles while on duty, according to a WAVE 3 News report.
In March 2020, Louisville officers executed a no-knock warrant and raided Taylor’s apartment searching for drugs. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, believing a home invasion was in process, fired a shot, prompting officers to fire their weapons, sending a stream of bullets toward the couple, wounding Walker, and killing Taylor.
Kelly Hanna Goodlett, who attorneys representing Taylor’s family allege told officers present at the crime scene to turn off their body cameras, is one of the Louisville officers currently under investigation for targeting pedestrians with beverages, according to WAVE 3.
According to WAVE 3 News, the drink-throwing incidents are believed to have occurred on the department’s 9th Mobile Unit, which was dismantled after a litany of scandals, including lawsuits claiming residents were being racially profiled. The department’s dismantling of the 9th Mobile Unit eventually led to the creation of the Criminal Interdiction Unit, which investigated the Taylor case, the outlet reported.
Goodlett was part of that investigation and conducted surveillance on Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, as a member of the unit leading a narcotics investigation into him.
WAVE 3 News also reported that Bryan Wilson, a former Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officer who resigned after he was accused of posting a lewd photo of a female officer in 2019, was also involved in the drink-throwing incidents. Wilson and Goodlett were reportedly assigned to the 9th Mobile Unit at the same time.
A representative for the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department declined to comment.
Chief Erika Shields told Lousiville Metro Council members that an FBI investigation into the matter is ongoing, according to The Courier-Journal. Shields also confirmed that two officers are on desk duty related to the incidents but did not say who.
Shields called the matter “another black eye to the department.”
-Stephen Goin (@stephengoin) June 2, 2021