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The Louisville police chief who charged Scottie Scheffler is resigning

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The Louisville police chief involved in the shocking arrest of Scottie Scheffler has been forced to resign from her position.

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Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel submitted her resignation this week after being suspended for mishandling a sexual harassment claim about an officer.

The claim came at a time when the department was under intense scrutiny over its handling of the case against the world’s No. 1 golfer.

Scheffler was attempting to enter the Valhalla Golf Course for the second round of the PGA Championship when he was stopped by officers and in a surreal scene, Scheffler was arrested.

After a fatal accident outside Valhalla Golf Club involving tournament vendor employee John Mills, Scheffler attempted to avoid traffic and was stopped by a police officer. The actions that followed led to the golfer being arrested and charged.

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The officer who attacked Scheffler was disciplined for not activating his body camera.

The Jefferson Country Attorney’s Office announced earlier this month that it would not pursue any of the four charges against Scheffler, the most serious of which was a charge of assault on a police officer.

In the weeks following the high-profile incident with Scheffler, the department was roiled by allegations of sexual harassment. Last week, two female officers filed lawsuits alleging they had been sexually harassed by fellow officers in recent years.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel
Louisville Metro Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel speaks during a press conference, May 23, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Timothy D. Easley /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

On Tuesday, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg said the conduct alleged in the lawsuits was “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

“Everyone should be treated with respect by their colleagues,” Greenberg said. “And everyone has a responsibility to treat others with respect. That should be the case in every workplace.”

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Gwinn-Villaroel became the third full-time Louisville police chief to resign or be fired since 2020, when officers fatally shot Breonna Taylor during a botched drug raid.

According to reports, Gwinn-Villaroel was suspended for mishandling a complaint filed by Major Shannon Lauder against a fellow police major.

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Lauder reported this to Gwinn-Villaroel at a meeting in May, but it is alleged that Officer Brian Kuriger was promoted by Gwinn-Villaroel just one minute after he was accused of sexual harassment.

As for Scheffler, he’s going strong.

Last weekend he won the Travelers Championship in a play-off against Tom Kim. It wasn’t without controversy, however, as protesters stormed the 18th green as Scheffler prepared to putt.

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