LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fraternal Order of Police President Nicolai Jilek has come to the defense of a former Louisville Metro Police officer, with strong words for LMPD Chief Steve Conrad.
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Testimony began Wednesday in the case of Jimmy Harper, the LMPD officer who calls himself a whistleblower. The commander turned lieutenant is suing the city, claiming he was demoted in retaliation for criticizing LMPD Chief Conrad and talking about it with other city officials.
During testimony, Conrad said he didn't think Harper was doing "all that good of a job" before he dismantled the Flex Platoon, but after his work got even worse. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer admitted during testimony that he was approached by Harper one day after the Flex Platoon was dismantled. During that conversation, Harper criticized the chief, according to Fischer. Conrad admitted the conversation Harper had with Fischer was a "material factor in (his) decision to demote Major Harper."
In light of the ongoing controversy, Jilek took to Facebook to defend Harper on Wednesday.
Testimony continued on Thursday. This story will be updated.