(RepublicanNews.org) – Like many American cities, Lexington, KY, suffered one of the most significant policing events in decades in 2020 at the hands of Black Lives Matter protesters. While you might expect discord from external factors, you wouldn’t expect it to come from within the police force. But, that’s exactly what happened.
Jervis Middleton, a Lexington police officer, decided it was appropriate to share personal information about other officers with Sarah Williams, a friend and Black Lives Matter leader.
He initially denied sharing any sensitive information with Williams. However, when confronted with text messages obtained using a search warrant, Middleton confessed. A police department disciplinary board recommended his termination for violating department policy and for reportedly lying to cover it up.
Lexington council voted unanimously to terminate officer Jervis Middleton.
— HL Cityhall (@HLCityhall) February 19, 2021
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council held a nine-hour hearing last week and announced its decision to fire Middleton at about 1 a.m. the morning of Friday, February 19.
Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers testified that Middleton’s actions gave Black Lives Matter protesters information they could use to intimidate and harass police officers working protests which lasted in the community for 59 nights last summer.
As Weathers noted, Middleton’s actions betrayed the public trust and that of his fellow police officers. There’s no “coming back” from that kind of violation.
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