Report on arrest of UofL basketball players released

Terrence Jennings (left) and Jerry Smith (Source: Clark County Jail)
Terrence Jennings (left) and Jerry Smith (Source: Clark County Jail)

Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jeffersonville Police have released their report concerning the weekend arrest of two University of Louisville basketball players.

According to the report, around 1 a.m. on Sunday, October 11, Officer Tom Mitchell of the Jeffersonville Police and Officer James Mabon, a Harrison County corrections officer, were among several officers working an off-duty security job at Kye's in Jeffersonville for a university alumni homecoming party.

The officers were called inside after a fight was reported by staff members. Bartenders pointed out to the officers some people at the front door who were involved. Mitchell stated that he saw a person, later identified as UofL sophomore Terrence Jennings, allegedly shoving people. The report states that officers tried to get Jennings to calm down and leave the building, but he refused to comply with their commands and began to fight with officers.

Officers Nathan Simpson and Nathan Banet, both Harrison County corrections SWAT officers, were also working security at Kye's and eventually got assisted the other officers.

Jennings was taken to the ground by officers who attempted to handcuff him, but he continued to fight them. At that point, Mitchell took out his taser and allegedly drive-stunned Jennings on his lower back. Jennings continued to fight and was tased a second time.

As officers waited for a police car to transport Jennings, the reports says senior Jerry Smith approached them and was asked to back away and leave. The officers said Smith continued to interfere, asking what he could do to help Jennings. When Smith refused to leave, the report states Mabon tried to grab him and restrain him.

Smith reportedly yelled, "No you won't!" and tried to get away. He was taken to the ground, handcuffed, arrested and charged with resisting arrest.

Both Jennings and Smith were booked into the Clark County Jail. After being released, Mitchell wanted to file additional charges of battery to law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

Jeffersonville Police say the officers were wearing T-shirts, but said the shirts clearly had "police" in large white letters on the back.

The report states Jennings' blood alcohol level was 0.022, well below Indiana's legal limit of 0.08.

UofL men's basketball coach Rick Pitino has said he will handle the matter internally.

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