Shepherdsville police chief says charges could be dropped after arrest of naked man at intersection
On Monday morning, Shepherdsville Police Chief Rick McCubbin explained the charges the man is now facing and what he says really happened in that video.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Relatives said a man caught on camera in a naked rage at a Shepherdsville intersection Saturday suffers from mental illnesses.
Shepherdsville Police Chief Rick McCubbin said Leslie Sturgeon, 33, is facing charges of disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, menacing, assault, resisting arrest and terroristic threatening.
"Just the discourtesy of people automatically assuming that it's drug-related, and it's totally not, is wrong," said William Sturgeon, Leslie's older brother. "He suffers from bi-polar and schizophrenia, and it has nothing to do with drugs or anything like that."
In the video, it appears that Sturgeon, naked, tries to enter a car before being taken down by police around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of East 4th Street and Adam Shepherd Parkway in Shepherdsville. At one point, police tried hitting Sturgeon with a baton to get him to comply. It didn't work.
"We're at a point, I think, where we're trying to keep them from hurting themselves, the public and the police now," McCubbin said.
He called the take-down, "Textbook perfect ... My guys didn't get hurt, and he didn't get hurt but we had to get him off the street."
"I don't have any issues with the way they took him down. They used what force they needed," Sturgeon said.
Someone posted the footage to Facebook and YouTube over the weekend. McCubbin said he's glad it happened because it's indicative of what officers face every day. He said it's getting harder to tell who's high and who's not on the drugs they need.
"It's so frustrating to our guys," McCubbin said. "Is he on meth? Spice? Bath salts? We don't know the difference anymore. It's a total guessing game."
Officers took Sturgeon to the hospital for mental treatment. McCubbin said if he gets the help he needs, some if not all the charges may be dismissed.
"What I find sad is there's just no place for these people, " McCubbin said. "The system as a whole has failed these folks."
Comments on the video were less than kind, and Sturgeon's family hopes by speaking the public will become more compassionate.
Sturgeon said his brother doesn't even remember what happened.
"It's real," he said. "The mental disease is real."
Facebook and YouTube have both pulled the video of Saturday's incident from their websites.
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