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Disciplinary hearing held for Officer Jervis Middleton

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 19:01:08-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Investigators say Officer Jervis Middleton shared private police emails, texts, and call sheets with the organizers of protests in Lexington last summer in the wake of George Floyd's death.

According to testimony, special investigators with the Lexington Police Department got a search warrant for march organizer Sarah Williams' cell phone and Facebook account after her arrest in connection with those protests.

Lt. David Biroschik testified that they discovered that Middleton shared private police emails with Williams, along with information about specific officers who were working during those marches.

"We asked him if he sent any official documentation or call-outs or information like texts or rosters... he immediately said he had not," said Biroschik.

Biroschik said Officer Middleton later acknowledged he did send some information to Williams.

Officer Middleton was demoted from sergeant to officer back in 2019 after several Lexington police officers claimed he asked them to run license plates, or drive by a specific home to check for cars. The home belonged to a woman who says she had dated Middleton.

Testimony is expected to continue for several more hours.