Louisville police to launch investigation into the arrest of golfer Scottie Scheffler

The Louisville Metro Police Department will conduct an investigation into the officers who were involved in the arrest of golfer Scottie Scheffler, Mayor Craig Greenberg announced on Tuesday. The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether the officers followed departmental policies during the arrest.

“It is crucial that we prioritize this, not only during significant events like the one that occurred on Friday, but also as a regular practice,” emphasized Greenberg during a news conference. “Moreover, if policies are not being adhered to, we will ensure transparency by acknowledging such instances and taking appropriate action.”

According to Greenberg, the video capturing the arrest, which took place prior to the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, is anticipated to be made available in the near future.

According to WDRB in Louisville, although there is no body-camera footage of the incident, Greenberg stated that he had viewed a video captured by a pole camera situated across the street from Valhalla Golf Club. It is important to note that Valhalla Golf Club was the venue for last week’s PGA Championship.

Greenberg chose not to provide any details about the footage.

According to the arrest citation, Scheffler disregarded the officers’ instructions to halt his vehicle as they were managing traffic following a deadly accident near the premises. The citation reveals that Scheffler proceeded to accelerate, causing an officer to be pulled down to the ground.

After spending less than 2 hours in jail, Scheffler was released just in time to make his tee time on Friday morning. Despite the ordeal, he managed to finish tied for eighth place in the tournament.

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After being taken into custody, the two-time Masters Champion referred to his arrest as “a significant misunderstanding.”

Scheffler is currently facing multiple charges in connection with the incident. These include a second-degree felony charge for assaulting a police officer, as well as misdemeanor charges for criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals given by an officer directing traffic.

The arraignment of the defendant, which was originally planned for Tuesday, has been postponed until June 3.

Scheffler will be participating in the 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge, taking place from Thursday to Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas.

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