City of Louisville settles with officer seen protesting outside EMW Clinic | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Louisville Metro Police officer seen protesting outside an abortion clinic will receive a $75,000 settlement from the city.

Lawyers for Officer Matthew Schrenger announced the settlement Thursday. Schrenger was filmed protesting in uniform outside the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in downtown Louisville on February 20, 2021.

EMW is the only licensed abortion clinic in Kentucky. A Twitter account run by volunteer guides at the clinic, share Schrenger’s original photos and a police car outside the center.

He stood outside the clinic for about 45 minutes and video shows him holding a sign that reads ‘Pray to End Abortion’.

Schrenger was off duty at the time and said he stopped to pray with his father before work. He sued the city last fall, claiming his constitutional rights were violated after he was suspended for more than four months while under investigation.

LMPD Chief Ericka Shields said there was no doubt that Schrenger participated in a protest while in uniform, which is against department policy.

Shields cleared him of any violations and said those rules were not consistently enforced. The department said Schrenger remains on the force.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office would not comment on the settlement Thursday night.

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