A police officer in Louisville, Kentucky, is suing his department and the city’s mayor for suspending him after he was photographed praying outside an abortion facility on February 20.
Matthew Schenger, a 13-year veteran police officer, does not rule out being at the EMW Women’s Surgical Center at 6 a.m. Saturday, two hours before the shift begins.
His lawyers said in a statement that he joined his father standing outside the clinic, but “he was not on duty at the time.”
He also wore a coat over his uniform, fading his clothes, Matt Hefron.The officer’s lawyer said in a statement.
“It was the abortion facility that created the situation, deliberately blew it up with negative publicity, and attacked the city government – which picked it up on Officer Schneider,” Mr Hefron Said.
When Officer Schenzer returned to work that day, his police privileges were suspended and he was removed from the patrol roster for violating the department’s policy against participating in political protests in uniform.
The officer claims that such laws are unequally enforced, and that he should not have been suspended for so long.
A silent, off-duty prayer on a public sidewalk resulted in Officer Matt Scheringer being immediately suspended for four months, stripped of his police powers, and placed under investigation. Hefron Said.
“No one should be treated like the Louisville police chief and the city government treated one of them the best, but it’s especially horrible because they punished. It For prayer, for everything … and during duty, no less.
The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, names Police Chief Erica Shields, Louisville Metro Police Department, Mayor Greg Fisher and the City of Louisville, Kentucky.
The complaint alleges violations of the First Amendment’s free exercise and free speech clause, the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.
Officer Schenger claims that on June 15, Chief Shields cleared him of the charges against him, stating that “none of the allegations against Officer Schenger can be substantiated.”
Sir, it will take two more weeks before I get back to work. Hefron Said.
Thomas Moore’s lawyer said that during Mr. Schanger’s on-duty prayer, other Louisville police officers “publicly marched in the LGBT parade and took part in the Black Lives Meter protest,” apparently on duty and without. Of uniforms.
The police department encouraged the protests, a statement said.
Officer Matt Scheringer’s real ‘sin’ in the eyes of some. [people in the] The city’s classification was that her quiet prayer was for an end to abortion. Hefron Said.
“Some members of the city government have publicly stated that they will not tolerate this. of that Roy, and the police chief either agreed or perhaps followed his lead. He thought he could avoid abusing a good officer with a four-month suspension without a valid basis. They Added.
A spokesman for Mr Fisher told the Washington Times that the mayor’s office had not commented on the pending cases.
Neither the Louisville Metro Police Department nor Jefferson County Attorney’s Office Executive Administrator Josh Abner responded immediately to the call, which was commented on.