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Merit Commission votes to fire officer who levelled allegations against NAPD

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Discrimination, inappropriate conduct, and padded overtime are some of the allegations Officer Laura Schook made against her department in May. Discrimination, inappropriate conduct, and padded overtime are some of the allegations Officer Laura Schook made against her department in May.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The New Albany Police Merit Commission voted Monday night to fire an embattled officer who made allegations against others in her department.

In May, Officer Laura Schook made several claims against her department including corruption, padded overtime and discrimination.

Schook has been with the New Albany Police Department for 19 years and says she has never been promoted. She also says she brought up several department issues to Chief Sherri Knight, but they fell on deaf ears.

After an investigation was launched into Schook's allegations of misconduct and discrimination, Floyd County prosecutor Keith Henderson decided not to bring criminal charges against anyone in the Department.

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey sent a statement to WDRB Monday night, which read:

The Merit Commission voted unanimously to terminate Schook pending the results of an upcoming hearing. I'm making no additional statement this evening due to the matter being an employee disciplinary action.

The vote from the Merit Commission is preliminary and does not result in her immediate dismissal. Schook's attorney, Laura Landenwich, claims her client is being disciplined fro being a whistleblower, and that they plan to present her side during a hearing Schook is entitled to. The commission is then expected to vote again.

"She is being disciplined for bringing those allegations to light," Landenwich said.

Schook is currently on administrative leave.

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