Police officer files whistleblower lawsuit after demotion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A police officer in Kentucky has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against his department, saying he was demoted for challenging police leadership and sharing information with local government leaders.

News outlets report Raymond “Jimmy” Harper sued the Louisville Metro Police Department on Monday. Harper was a major and the Second Division commander until May, when he was demoted to lieutenant and River Patrol commander during restructuring.

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The lawsuit states police leadership told Harper to stop giving crime data and other information to Metro Council members. It also states Police Chief Steven Conrad rebuked Harper for speaking with Mayor Greg Fischer on a departmental decision.

Conrad offered Harper a choice between retirement and accepting the demotion last month.

The police department and the mayor’s office said they don’t comment on pending litigation.



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