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Louisville cop faced previous discipline

Louisville cop faced previous discipline

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Metro Police detective at the center of the arrest last week of the world’s No. 1 golfer, Scottie Scheffler, was previously suspended for performing “donuts” with an “intoxicated civilian” in his police vehicle in a business parking lot and for missing court dates, records obtained by The Courier Journal show.

Additionally, Detective Bryan Gillis — who was directing traffic following a fatal accident at the time of the encounter with Scheffler — was involved in four “at fault” accidents while operating LMPD vehicles. In two of those instances, he was ordered to take mandatory driver’s training.

The Courier Journal obtained Gillis’ personnel file under Kentucky’s open records law late Thursday afternoon, hours after LMPD Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel announced the detective had been “counseled” over his failure to use his body camera during his confrontation with Scheffler last Friday.

Gillis, who has been with LMPD for nearly 17 years, was directing traffic near Gate 1 of the Valhalla Golf Club early Friday morning after a pedestrian was killed by a shuttle bus. Gillis came into contact with Scheffler as the golfer made his way to compete in the PGA Championship.

According to an arrest citation, Scheffler was driving eastbound in a marked PGA Tour courtesy vehicle toward Gate 1 when he pulled into a westbound lane, “where outbound traffic was flowing,” to bypass the backup caused by the collision.

Gillis was “in the middle of the westbound lanes, in full uniform and a hi-visibility yellow reflective rain jacket,” when he stopped Scheffler and “attempted to give instructions,” the citation said.

LMPD alleged Scheffler “refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging Detective Gillis to the ground. Detective Gillis suffered pain, swelling and abrasions to his left wrist and knee.”

What is in discipline record for Bryan Gillis?

In September 2013, then-LMPD Chief Steve Conrad suspended Gillis for five days for an incident the previous December, in which Gillis allegedly drove an “intoxicated civilian” in his vehicle while doing “donuts.”

“You violated Standard Operating Procedure 5.1.3 Conduct Unbecoming when you drove an intoxicated civilian in your police vehicle while on duty in a “Code 3” fashion in a non-emergency situation and proceeded to doing ‘donuts’ in a business parking lot,” Conrad wrote.

He added: “Any further violations of this nature…


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