(ReliableNews.org) – Social and political unrest has swept across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody on May 25, 2020. Calls to “defund the police” continue to echo throughout American cities from coast to coast.
Nevertheless, Lexington, Kentucky police officer Jervis Middleton shared sensitive information about fellow officers with Sarah Williams, a friend and Black Lives Matter leader.
— Lexington Herald-Leader (@heraldleader) February 19, 2021
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that police Chief Lawrence Weathers backed an internal disciplinary board’s recommendation to terminate Middleton for placing officers in harm’s way and violating their trust.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council announced its decision to accept that determination and fire Middleton shortly after 1 a.m. on February 19. Lexington City Attorney Keith Horn noted that Middleton’s conduct during “the most significant policing event” in the community showed he no longer deserved to serve as a police officer.
As Chief Weathers pointed out, this wasn’t the first time Middleton betrayed the public trust, that he saw no way for him to return to duty after the incident.
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