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OSHA investigating police headquarters

Pictures show trash cans spread throughout hallways to catch leaking dirty water. Pictures show trash cans spread throughout hallways to catch leaking dirty water.
Tiles are missing from the ceiling. Tiles are missing from the ceiling.
Jeremy Winton and Chauncey Hiestand (Source: WAVE 3 News) Jeremy Winton and Chauncey Hiestand (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kevin Kramer (Source: WAVE 3 News) Kevin Kramer (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Maintenance issues inside the Louisville Metro Police Department Headquarters have prompted an investigation by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

Pictures show trash cans spread throughout hallways to catch leaking dirty water, tiles missing from the ceiling and pipes that are falling apart.

"The smells are horrendous," Louisville Attorney Chauncey Hiestand said Thursday. "Water leaks. Urine leaks," he continued. "One person described the black mold as so bad it looked like a tree was coming out of the wall."

Hiestand and attorney Jeremy Winton said they have gotten about 400 calls about the conditions inside LMPD Headquarters in the past two weeks from inmates and the officers and civilians who work there. Some complained about headaches, breathing problems and others of more serious health concerns.

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"A few of them have come in and said ‘I've went to my doctor and my doctor related it to the black mold,’" Winton said.

The OSHA complaint was filed in August, but city council member Kevin Kramer said the problem has been going on for a long time.

"LMPD, the building that they're in is at the top of the list, it's in the top five," Kramer said describing a list of tax-payer owned buildings in disrepair.

Kramer serves on the budget committee and has argued the city needs to finally and correctly fix the issues. Otherwise, he warned, the problems will become more expensive.

"We've got several buildings in town that we are simply moving people out of and then paying leases in other places," he said.

While the attorneys gather their possible case, they say it's now the inmates and police who need some protection.

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"A lot of these employees are very proud and they love their job. I think some of them are a bit scared, but, but they don't think it's fair," Hiestand said.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Chief Steve Conrad declined to comment. There were some rumors that Headquarters was going to be moved to another building three blocks away, but a city spokesperson said, "We have no plans to relocate LMPD at this time."

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