Louisville police release Scottie Scheffler arrest videos


The Louisville police officer involved in the arrest of Scottie Scheffler at last week’s PGA Championship did not activate his body camera during the incident, a violation of Louisville Metro Police Department policy, he said Thursday. Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel.

Gwinn-Villaroel said the officer, Detective Bryan Gillis, received “remedial action” for the violation of his rules on uniforms and equipment, which was noted on a performance observation form in accordance with departmental disciplinary protocol.

“While directing traffic past Gate 1, PGA staff blocked a bus from entering through Gate 1,” Gillis wrote in a section of a form asking him to document what was allegedly captured on body camera footage. “I observed a vehicle traveling in the opposite lanes and coming towards me. I stopped the driver and told him he couldn’t continue because of the bus.

“He asked to enter and advanced against my instructions. I was dragged/run over by the driver. I then proceeded to arrest the driver.

Videos of the incident released Thursday, however, do not show that a police officer was thrown to the ground. One of the videos captured on a fixed pole camera on the street showed an officer approaching a moving car, presumably driven by Scheffler. The car then stops as the officer approaches the window, where several officers have gathered before Sheffler is arrested. It is unclear whether Gillis was struck before the car was visible in the video.

Another video of a Dashcam of a nearby police car was also released on Thursday.

“We respect the judicial process and we will allow the courts to proceed accordingly,” Gwinn-Villaroel said.

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg has not indicated that the charges against Scheffler have been dropped. Greenberg also said additional videos or evidence related to the case would not be released until the conclusion of legal proceedings.

“Scottie Scheffler did nothing wrong,” Scheffler’s attorney, Steven Romines, said Thursday. “We do not want to settle the matter. Either we will try it or it will be rejected. It is very simple.

“All the evidence that continues to emerge continues to support what Scottie has always said. It was a chaotic situation and a miscommunication and he did nothing wrong.

Scheffler addressed the situation Friday after being released from prison in time to tee off at Valhalla Golf Club.

“My situation will be resolved,” he said. “It was a chaotic situation and a big misunderstanding.”

Scheffler faces charges of second-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and failure to obey the traffic signals of an officer directing traffic.

“When they took me out of the car, like I said, it was very chaotic and I said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m just trying to get to my departure time,'” Scheffler said Friday. “Apart from that, things went downhill from there. … I didn’t know what happened at that time, other than there was an accident. I didn’t know it was fatal.

“Like I said, my heart goes out to the family. But no, at no time did I try to reveal myself to defuse the situation. I just tried to stay as calm as possible and follow instructions.

Scheffler’s arraignment is scheduled for June 3.

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