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Ex-LMPD Chief Acknowledges Unlawful Conduct in DOJ Investigation

In a recent deposition, the former chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) was questioned about the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation into the department’s conduct.

The ex-chief acknowledged instances of excessive force, unjustified use of restraints, police dogs, and tasers, as well as invalid search warrants, and unlawful search and arrest procedures.

When asked about discrimination against black people in enforcement activities and violations of protected speech, the ex-chief stated that these incidents likely occurred in certain cases.

Additionally, the ex-chief agreed that failures in leadership and accountability may have allowed for unchecked unlawful conduct at the LMPD.

The DOJ’s investigation found evidence of a pattern or practice of conduct that deprived people of their constitutional rights and federal law.

The ex-chief deferred to the report for their findings and specific instances of conduct.

The LMPD has faced significant criticism in recent years, particularly after the killing of Breonna Taylor in 2020.

The DOJ’s investigation is ongoing, and it remains to be seen what actions will be taken to address the department’s conduct.

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