Louisville Metro Council members call for change after third woman accuses LMPD officer of rape
Some Louisville Metro Council members say they don't like the way the investigation is being handled.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A third woman has come forward accusing an Louisville Metro Police Department officer of rape, cutting down confidence in an already-embattled police department.
On Monday, some Louisville Metro Council members said LMPD should not be allowed to investigate itself.
The chilling account from the first Louisville woman to say 4th division patrol officer Pablo Cano raped her set off another sex scandal in the city's police department.
"He had me by the back of my head and my hair," the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told WDRB. "From his behavior, it wasn't his first time."
Since then, two other women have come forward with the same complaint.
Now some Louisville Metro Council members want outside eyes on the case, which is currently being handled by the LMPD's Public Integrity Unit.
"It's shocking," said Louisville Metro Council member David James, who represents District 6. "There have been incidents here where internal investigations have not produced the transparency and accountability we would expect."
Some council members say LMPD should not investigate itself.
"I always think it's best -- when investigating one's self -- that it's best business practice to have a third party investigation whenever possible," said Louisville Metro Council member Barbara Sexton-Smith, who represents District 4. "It just makes it much more transparent."
Confidence is shaky after the LMPD Youth Explorer case, in which LMPD is accused of covering up the sexual abuse of teens by former officers in the mentoring program.
Last month, council members passed new rules requiring any child abuse allegation against an LMPD officer to be reported to an outside agency. These latest allegations have some leaders wanting to rewrite the rules again.
Louisville Metro Council member Angela Leet, who represents District 7, says she wants, "to change the words to be, 'a rape allegation against any one of its own members.'"
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer remains silent with a new controversy swirling. A spokesman addressed the issue for the first time on Monday.
"The Public Integrity [Unit] has a long history of doing very throughout investigations," said Chris Poynter, spokesman for the mayor. "This one will be no different. This entire case will be vetted properly."
"Always extra sets of eyes are good, but we have full confidence the police can investigate this very disturbing case," Poynter added.
Meanwhile, council member James says that third party review is something he will push for.
"It's something I will talk to my colleagues about, and also the mayor and police chief about," James said.
LMPD pulled Cano from the street. He's on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
His attorney says he is not guilty.
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