LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — We’re studying extra particulars into the investigation that led to the firing of a Lexington police officer.
LEX 18 obtained a memorandum from the Lexington Police Division which summarizes the investigation into Officer Jervis Middleton.
The doc outlines Fb Messenger conversations between Middleton and Sarah Williams, described by LPD as a “recognized protestor who organized the Police Accountability Protest in Lexington Kentucky, starting someday in Might 2020.” The protests in Lexington started after the dying of George Floyd whereas in police custody in Minneapolis, and coincided with the Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville.
Investigators say they have been capable of uncover this after police obtained a search warrant for Sarah Williams’ cellular phone and Fb account after she was arrested in reference to the protests.
Within the conclusion of the memorandum, the investigator wrote “Officer Middleton additionally offered official Lexington Police Division legislation enforcement delicate data through display screen pictures of textual content messages and emails that gave away data on techniques the company was, or have been, planning to make use of, when controlling the nightly protest.”
The investigation abstract options a number of message exchanges between Williams and Middleton.
In his interview with the division, Middleton mentioned he and Williams have been longtime buddies and had mentored her son. He described the conversations to investigators as “venting,” and said there was an understanding with Williams that “she was to not use any data he offered.”
Early Friday morning, the Lexington-Fayette City County Council, serving as jurors discovered Officer Jervis Middleton responsible of two counts of violating police insurance policies. He was discovered not responsible on one depend of violating police insurance policies.
The listening to lasted from 1:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2021, when the council went into closed deliberation for about two hours. LEX 18 has realized it was an emotional deliberation. When the council got here again to open session round 12:40 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2021, a movement was made to search out Officer Middleton responsible on two counts and never responsible on one depend.
The council was deliberating to find out whether or not Officer Middleton was to be fired for allegedly violating a number of division insurance policies by offering data to a pacesetter of Summer time 2020 protests in Lexington.
Council members heard a number of hours of testimony from investigators who say Officer Middleton shared non-public police emails, texts, and name sheets with Williams.
Police Chief Lawrence Weathers and an inner police disciplinary committee really helpful Jervis Middleton be fired for amongst different issues, allegedly sharing details about particular officers who have been working the marches.
Officer Middleton’s protection was that he spoke with Williams not in his capability as an officer, however as a non-public citizen, a pal of Williams and that he wished to see a change within the Lexington Police Division and group. Middleton alleged that he noticed ongoing racial discrimination within the Lexington Police Division and confronted racist taunts himself.
This is not the primary time Middleton has been topic to disciplinary motion. In 2019, he was acquitted by a jury of official misconduct after he was accused of utilizing police sources to get details about a girl with whom he beforehand had a relationship. Though his title was cleared in courtroom, he ended up being demoted from Sergeant to Officer.
Learn the formal criticism beneath (some parts redacted):
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