Officer who arrested Scottie Scheffler violated body camera policy: police chief

Officer who arrested Scottie Scheffler violated body camera policy: police chief

The police officer who arrested Scottie Scheffler received “corrective action” for not having his body-worn camera on during the incident.

Scheffler was detained before the second round of the US PGA Championship after attempting to enter Valhalla Golf Club in heavy traffic caused by an earlier, unrelated accident in which a pedestrian was killed after being hit by a bus.

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

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

Scotty Scheffler
Screenshot taken from the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections of Scottie Scheffler’s mug shot

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

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

“Detective Gillis had an encounter, as we know, with Mr. Scottie Scheffler,” he said.

“Detective Gillis should have turned on his body-worn camera, but he didn’t.

“Failure to do so is a violation of LMPD policy on uniforms and equipment. Detective Gillis did not have his body camera ready to operate as required by our policy.

“Detective Gillis was counseled by his supervisor. We understand the seriousness of not capturing this interaction, which is why our officer received corrective action for this policy violation.

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

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

“We are prepared to litigate the case if necessary, if it is not necessary, that’s fine,” Romines said. “It will either be dismissed or go to trial.”