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Jeffersonville officers cleared after bar fight

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB) -- The Clark County prosecutor clears two Jeffersonville police officers involved in a bar fight late last month.

Police investigations found that an intoxicated Lucas Wohlieb cursed, harassed and threatened to use a knife to harm officers Kenny Kavanaugh and Toby Deaton outside the Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge in Jeffersonville.

Documents in the case said Deaton hit Wohlieb several times, with the result of a black eye and swollen lip.

Prosecutor Steve Stewart said in a prepared statement that the actions of Deaton and Kavanaugh were justified, as they were using reasonable force to protect or defend themselves.  The officers earlier had said they had done nothing wrong.

Stewart said  that he will not file criminal charges in the incident.  He cited results of Jeffersonville and Indiana State Police investigations that showed Wohlieb remembered little of what happened in the altercation.

" is not always the one who loses the fight who is the 'victim,'" Stewart wrote.  "Unquestionably, Wohlieb was very intoxicated and claims not to remember anything about the incident.  It was Wohlieb who was the initial aggressor, and who repeatedly cursed and harassed the off-duty officers.  And it was Wohlieb who threatened to do serious bodily harm to them with a knife.  Consequently, no criminal charges will be filed."

We could not reach Wohlieb for comment.

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