The city of Louisville agreed to pay $ 75,000 to a black couple who say the police took them from their car and searched them because of their race and that they were driving a nice vehicle.
According to Mail-Journal of Lousiville, as a condition of payment, the couple and their lawyers are prohibited from criticizing the Louisville metro government or the cops involved in the incident in media or on social media.
Michel abate, an attorney for the Courier Journal and the Kentucky Press Association, says the terms of the deal are “grossly inappropriate.”
“The city is paying to silence its critics,” he said. “She pays them. And it seems designed to hinder reform. It is bad policy and it is truly disturbing. “
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First Deputy County Attorney Ingrid Geyser said in a statement that the couple are not prohibited from “talking honestly about what happened during their traffic stop”, although she added that the language “should have more accurately reflected the agreement of the parties “.
In their federal lawsuit, Anthony Parker Sr. and Demetria Firman claim they were arrested in 2018 for not using a blinker, even though body camera footage shows they turned it on. On their way home from church, they were then arrested and searched without reasonable suspicion in front of their 9-year-old son in a “desperate attempt by the police to find weapons and drugs”.
The lawsuit also states that Firman was only allowed to leave the scene when it was evident to officers that Demetria and her current husband were personal acquaintances of a fellow officers’ colleague, the Mail-Journal reports.
The city accepted the settlement on September 9 with the stipulation that the metropolitan government did not recognize any wrongdoing.
Lawyers wrote in the traffic stoppage lawsuit that the couple were arrested “because they were black, were in a nice car and were in a designated LMPD target area.”