LMPD releases personnel file of officer involved in alleged assaults involving students
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Louisville Metro Police Department has released the personnel file of an officer who's facing at least five complaints of abuse.
An attorney representing families of some of the alleged victims says Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer needs to get involved.
WDRB News obtained the personnel file of Officer Jonathan Hardin after requesting it under Kentucky Open Records Laws.
One letter, from September 2010, says Hardin violated departmental policy when he lost his police badge.
The following year, LMPD started an investigation into Hardin's court attendance, and five months later found he violated standard operating procedure when he failed to show up to court on Nov. 14, 2011. Both letters were reprimands.
"This personnel file is very deceptive," attorney Thomas Clay said.
Clay represents five people who say they were assaulted by Officer Hardin - two during the Gentleman's Academy last summer and three others at school.
Hardin faces criminal charges that he assaulted two teens at Olmsted Academy North in January while working as a school resource officer. An arrest warrant said one passed out from being put in a choke hold.
During another incident at Moore Middle School, a 13-year-old said Hardin threw him down and threatened to put him in the truck of a car.
Clay now wants Fischer to step in.
"I think the mayor needs to ask the chief of police some questions about what he knew and when he knew it,” Clay said. “Because I believe the chief had knowledge about this first assault by Officer Hardin well before the second one happened where this young man was choked into unconsciousness."
Hardin's personnel file also includes awards and accolades.
One letter from 2009 compliments Hardin for going ‘above and beyond the call of duty', helping a former officer with a flat tire.
Hardin was also praised for his role in a summer youth camp, the Gentleman's Academy and last March made the list for ‘Distinguished Community Service'.
"We have a Jekyll and Hyde here it appears, because on one hand he does things that generates letter of praise but on the other he chokes kids out to the point where they're unconscious," Clay said.
Hardin pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges on Friday.
Clay says his clients have to wait until that case is finished before moving forward with a civil suit.
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