Officer who arrested Scottie Scheffler violated body-cam policy says police chief

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Louisville Metro Police Department chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said the detective “violated policy on uniforms and equipment”.
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May 23, 2024
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The police officer who arrested Scottie Scheffler has received “corrective action” for failing to have his body-worn camera switched on during the incident.

Scheffler was detained ahead of the second round of the US PGA Championship after trying to drive into Valhalla Golf Club in heavy traffic caused by an earlier, unrelated accident in which a male pedestrian died after being struck by a shuttle bus.

According to the police report, Detective Bryan Gillis stopped Scheffler’s car and “attempted to give instruction” to the Masters champion and world number one.

The report alleges Scheffler refused to comply and “accelerated forward, dragging Detective Gillis to the ground”.

Scottie Scheffler
Screen grab taken from the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections of Scottie Scheffler’s mugshot

Scheffler faces charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic, with an arraignment set for June 3.

Louisville Metro Police Department chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel revealed the findings of an internal investigation at a press conference on Thursday.

“Detective Gillis did have an encounter as we know with Mr Scottie Scheffler,” she said.

“Detective Gillis should have turned on his body-worn camera but did not.

“His failure to do so is a violation of the LMPD policy on uniforms and equipment. Detective Gillis did not have his body-worn camera operationally ready as required by our policy.

“Detective Gillis was counselled by his supervisor. We understand the seriousness of the failure to capture this interaction, which is why our officer has received corrective action for this policy violation.

“This corrective action has been notated on a performance observation form, which is in line with our disciplinary protocol and practices. We respect the judicial process and we will allow the courts to proceed accordingly.

Speaking after the press conference, Scheffler’s lawyer Steve Romines reiterated his belief that his client had “done nothing wrong” and is prepared to go to trial if the charge of assaulting a police officer is not dropped.

“We’re prepared to litigate the case if we need to, if we don’t need to, fine,” Romines said. “It will either be dismissed or it will go to trial.”

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