It appears that Lexington, Kentucky police officer Jervis Middleton has been fired for allegedly leaking information on cops to a BLM protester Sarah Williams, a close friend of Middleton. According to reports from Kentucky.com, the decision was announced after 1 a.m. Friday after a nine-hour police hearing. Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers along with an internal authorities disciplinary board requested that Middleton be terminated due to violating department policies, misconduct and lying about his connection with Williams. Middleton was found guilty of the first two administrative charges and the vote was unanimous.
Middleton was accused of telling Williams what exactly to say to officers during protests along with staffing information that included police were looking for officers to work overtime for protests.
Middleton has attempted to challenge the termination citing the details he provided to Williams didn’t jeopardize any of the officer’s safety and he was only expressing his free speech. His lawyer spoke in defense stating that he has faced several racial taunts and discrimination from other officers and has since been frustrated because nothing has been done about the matter.
ACLU of Kentucky Executive Director Michael Aldridge said in a statement that, “While Officer Middleton’s actions may warrant some level of disciplinary action, it is particularly concerning he was more swiftly investigated and harshly punished for sharing non-critical information than officers who use excessive force against protestors.”