Former LMPD officer fired over assault allegation sues to get job back
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former Louisville Metro Police officer who was fired after he was arrested on a domestic violence assault has filed a lawsuit, claiming he was wrongfully terminated and he wants his old job back.
Dezmon Moore was arrested just before midnight on Sept. 4, 2016 after police say he assaulted his wife, taking her purse and keys and grabbing her arm, causing "pain and visible injury." Police say he also threw a bottle against the wall. He was charged with fourth-degree assault.
Moore was arrested again in October 2016, after police say he repeatedly violated a no-contact order with his wife, contacting her in person, via text and via mail correspondence. He was charged with violating the conditions of his release and harassing communications in connection with those incidents.
Moore was fired from the LMPD months later, on May 24, 2017. When he objected to the firing, several hearings were held before the Louisville Metro Police Merit Board, to hear his appeal. The board met on Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5 and Jan. 24, and upheld the decision to fire Moore.
But according to the lawsuit filed in Jefferson Circuit Court on July 10, a Jefferson Family Court Judge ultimately dismissed the domestic violence allegations that prompted Moore's termination. The cases stemming from the alleged Sept. 4 and October incidents are no longer listed in an online database of court records.
Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that information about Moore's history that had been expunged had been referenced both in his termination letter, and in the LMPD Merit Board hearings. The lawsuit claims this was a violation of state law, as expunged information "shall be deemed never to have occurred" and should not have been used.
As a result, Moore's lawsuit, filed against Metro Government and the Louisville Metro Police Merit Board, demands that the court rule his termination was wrongful, and that he be reinstated back with Louisville Metro Police with full pay and benefits.
Representatives for Louisville Metro Police were contacted, but at the time of this writing have not yet commented on the case. The city does not comment on pending litigation.
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