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Internal Investigation underway involving Hodgenville Police Officer

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- WDRB has learned about an internal investigation involving a Hodgenville police officer.

Wood Lane in Hodgenville is a dead end lined with duplex homes.

On Sunday, Alex Garvin, a retired, disabled Army veteran, says he was hosting his daughter's birthday party but soon found himself under arrest.

"I was prepared for war twice, Iraq and Afghanistan but I was never prepared for this," Garvin told WDRB.

Garvin said on Sunday, May 25, a Hodgenville Police Officer was upset because children were playing in the street.

"He started using profanity saying they aren't supposed to be playing in the road ever again, said he was gonna try and get all us parents for neglect but the whole neighborhood, we all watch all our kids," said Garvin.

According to the citation, the officer couldn't get the children to move out of the road, so he got out of his car and told the kids to get their parents.

Alex Garvin's fiancé Brittany Gibson said the officer was being aggressive and inappropriate.

"He was hollering at all the kids in the neighborhood saying I want all the kids right here, right now," Gibson told WDRB.

According to the report, Gibson "started to make a scene" and that's when the officer grabbed her by the wrist.

Garvin says that's not exactly what happened.

"She went to walk away because she wasn't going to listen to him harassing like that then all of a sudden, he went after her and grabbed her by her arm, her wrist and her upper arm up here. I stepped over there and put my hand on her elbow and said sir, please don't do this. He said 'do you want to go to jail?' and I said no sir," said Garvin.

Garvin said that's when the officer tased and handcuffed him.

"What he did out here, it's not professional," he said.

The retired veteran spent the next 20 hours in jail missing Memorial Day and his daughter's 3rd birthday.

According to the citation, he's being charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and terroristic threatening.

Police couldn't comment but confirmed there is an internal investigation underway.

Garvin says he wants justice not only for him but for his family members who watched him get tased and arrested for what he calls no apparent reason.

"Proof that I was not in the wrong. Proof that everything escalated the way it shouldn't have escalated," Garvin said.

No action has been taken.

I'm told the officer is still working and we'll have to wait for more information pending a court date and the investigation.

The officer's dash cam wasn't on at the time of the incident.

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