Former officer once acquitted of murder applies for job with LMPD

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad says a former LMPD officer acquitted of murder in 2004 after shooting an alleged drug dealer in the back will not be re-hired. 

On Thursday, Chief Conrad released the following statement saying he "will never consider hiring" Mattingly:

I just had the opportunity to review the findings of the Professional Standards Unit investigation into the shooting of Michael Newby by then-LMPD Officer McKenzie Mattingly on January 3, 2004. On April 15, 2004, Chief Robert White concluded that Mattingly violated two of the department’s Standards Operating Procedures during that incident: SOP 9.1.9 – Use of Deadly Force and SOP 5.1.2 – Obedience to Rules and Regulations. Under the circumstances, I will never consider hiring Mr. Mattingly for any position with the Louisville Metro Police Department.

McKenzie Mattingly shot and killed 19-year old Michael Newby in January of 2004 during an undercover drug sting. Mattingly was working as an LMPD narcotics detective at the time.

Mattingly shot Newby three times in the back as he was running away after the drug deal that went bad.

Mattingly was charged with murder, but a jury eventually acquitted him. He was also fired from the department but was reinstated after he was acquitted in the criminal trial. He then resigned.

Louisville paid Newby’s family $250,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.

In July of this year, Mattingly submitted an application to work as a “lateral police officer” with LMPD. As a lateral hire, Mattingly would not have to go through training with the police academy.

After Newby's death and Mattingly's acquittal, Mattingly didn’t work again as a police officer until 2010. According to Mattingly’s resume, he then took a job as an officer with Bardstown Police.

In October of 2011, Mattingly was promoted to narcotics detective, and was promoted to assistant chief in 2016. Mattingly notified the city of Bardstown June 2 that was he was planning to resign. His last day on the job there was July 14.

After learning that Mattingly was re-applying to work for LMPD, Newby's stepfather, Jerry Bouggess, said it would reopen too many old wounds.

"My initial reaction was shock that he would have the audacity to come back to this town after he destroyed a family," Bouggess said. "We got some family members that really feel just in shock."


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