Just a day before the weekend, this Friday, after a nine-hour hearing, a police officer from Lexington, Kentucky, was fired. The reason was apparently leaking insider information regarding to a Black Lives Matter protest leader.
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Officer Jervis Middleton was convicted for two out of three accusations against him, or, to be more exact, giving away information to Sarah Williams, a friend, who was also a protest leader for the death of Breonna Taylor. Apparently, he is accused that the information he gave out represented a threat for police workers. But he simply feels that he didn’t leak out any information from that type, that he just had a friendly conversation with a regular friend, who just happens to have a different opinion about things, irregardless to his opinion as a police officer. “My uniform is not who I am. I have friends, family, and personal life. Being friend with someone is a crime nowadays?” explained and asked unfortunate Middleton.
After 12 hours of testimony and deliberation, just before 1am, the Urban County council voted to uphold the decision of Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers and terminate Ofc. Jervis Middleton’s employment with the department. (Cont) pic.twitter.com/FP7Kzk9SZ1
— Kristen Pflum (@kristenpflumFOX) February 19, 2021
In the formal complaint that was launched against Middleton by WLEX TV, is is said that “Williams and her followers launched personal attacks and insults towards individual officers, weaponizing information they obtained, in an effort to embarrass the officers, and impair the efficiency of the agency. These attacks, along with the other protestors’ demands, created an unduly amount of stress on the officers and impacted their ability to maintain a professional demeanor during the protests,” the complaint said.
“Throughout this time period it appears that Officer Jervis Middleton advised Ms. Williams that certain officers and command staff were “racists” and directed her to call them out during the protest. He also provided her copies of sensitive ‘law enforcement only’ communications, including emails and text messages which outlined staffing, operational, and deployment plans.”
“While Officer Middleton’s actions may warrant some level of disciplinary action, it is particularly concerning he was more swiftly investigated and harshly punished for sharing non-critical information than officers who use excessive force against protesters or create the culture of racism and hostility Middleton reported to no avail,” said Executive Director Michael Aldridge.