Metro Council President Calls For LMPD Policy Changes After VICE News Exposure

The president of the Louisville Metro Board says the Louisville Metro Police Department should change its evidence-handling policy after a Vice News report examining allegations of officers stealing money in raids and arrests. The VICE News report interviewed multiple witnesses – some of whom have never been convicted of crimes and maintain their innocence – who say officers seized large sums of money from them, but recorded much smaller amounts when they handed over the money as evidence. the past and officers have gone to jail for this in the past seems illogical to me,” said David James, president of the Louisville Metro Council. be counted at the scene. James, a former narcotics detective, said he believed the money should be counted at the scene in the presence of other r officers as well as potential suspects. He also thinks the count should be recorded on body-worn cameras and suspects should be given a receipt they can sign.

The president of the Louisville Metro Board says the Louisville Metro Police Department should change its evidence-handling policy after a Vice News report examining allegations of officers stealing money in raids and arrests.

The VICE News report interviewed multiple witnesses — some of whom have never been convicted of crimes and maintain their innocence — who say officers seized large sums of money from them, but recorded much smaller amounts when they handed over the money as evidence.

“Why wouldn’t we need to count the money at the scene when we know we’ve had issues with this in the past and officers have gone to jail for this in the past seems illogical to me,” said David James, chairman of the Louisville Metro Board.

In part, VICE News blamed the LMPD’s standard operating procedure for cash evidence, which does not require the cash officers seize to be counted at the scene.

James, a former narcotics detective, said he believed the money should be counted at the scene in the presence of other officers as well as potential suspects. He also thinks the count should be recorded on body-worn cameras and suspects should be given a receipt they can sign.

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