Police Abuse

Louisville Cop Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Two Children; Previously Commended for His Work With Youth

Cop had multiple commendations for working with youth. Psychologist says she was kicked out of clinical program after reporting kids's allegations against him.

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Jonathan Hardin, a police officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), was arrested and suspended without pay, charged with assault, wanton endangerment, official misconduct, and false swearing, stemming from his alleged beating two students at the Olmsted Academy North, an all-boy public middle school (the only one in Kentucky) at which Hardin worked.

Via local TV station WAVE:

Arrest warrants for Hardin allege that he hit one student with a closed fist, knocking him to the floor, and choked another student until he lost consciousness. Both students were 13 years old. The warrants say the incidents were caught on surveillance video.

In 2013, Hardin was commended by the department for his work with the Gentleman's Academy summer program, a joint effort between LMPD and the University of Louisville, which was designed to help students learn conflict resolution. He and a number of other officers with the program received the Distinguished Community Service award from the department.

It gets worse:

Erica Buckner, a psychologist who worked for Gentleman's Academy said she was kicked out of the clinical psychology [sic] program at UofL after she reported students' allegations about Hardin's behavior and the behavior of other officers. She said she was told she had "ruined the relationship" between LMPD and UofL. 

Representatives of police officers, union reps and otherwise, often claim drawing attention to incidents of police brutality damages the relationship between the community and the police. If Buckner's claims are true, they illustrate how police can ignore allegations of police brutality for the same reasons.

Hardin is also facing a lawsuit by the family of a boy attending the summer program at the Gentleman's Academy last year. He's only been reprimanded by his police department twice, for missing a court date and losing his badge. He received another commendation praising him for "going above and beyond the call of the duty" for helping to work on a police youth program while off duty. The police department also says it received a letter from a citizen "grateful" for Hardin being there to deal with their "out of control child" with "grace… defusing what could have potentially become a very nasty incident." 

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  2. To be fair, the cop was probably pissed when the Gentlemen’s Academy turned out to not be a strip club.

    Here he was all ready to see some big boobs shaking and instead he is surrounded by snot nosed 13 year olds. Of course he is going to lose it and choke someone out.

    1. He should have choked himself, if you get my drift.

      1. David Carradine would be proud.

        1. Except he’s dead. Yet Lou Reed survives.

  3. Representatives of police officers, union reps and otherwise, often claim drawing attention to incidents of police brutality damages the relationship between the community and the police.

    By that same “logic” police should not go after violent criminals. After all, they wouldn’t want people to think the aren’t streets are safe night because the police are catching those who would do harm.

  4. She said she was told she had “ruined the relationship” between LMPD and UofL.

    Well, someone did!

  5. Erica Buckner, a psychologist who worked for Gentleman’s Academy said she was kicked out of the clinical psychology [sic] program at UofL after she reported students’ allegations about Hardin’s behavior and the behavior of other officers. She said she was told she had “ruined the relationship” between LMPD and UofL.

    Now she knows why there are no good cops.

  6. 13 year old boys? Probably deserved a beating.

    “choked another student until he lost consciousness.” oh… ok, then.

    1. Cops love to choke people. Having that power of life and death in their hands is intoxicating. I’ve overheard drunk cops talk about choking people and they get absolutely giddy about it. The only thing that gets them more excited is killing people.

  7. He received another commendation praising him for “going above and beyond the call of the duty” for helping to work on a police youth program while off duty.

    I’m beginning to suspect that the public shouldn’t take into account police patting each other on the back when judging LEO character.

    1. I think it’s getting clear that police patting each other on the back should be taken into account. Generally it’s a good sign that the opposite is true.

  8. Sounds like the clinical psychology program at UofL needs to have it’s accreditation reviewed.

  9. designed to help students learn conflict resolution.

    OBEY

    BOOYAH

    hth

  10. and choked another student until he lost consciousness.

    I believe this is within department procedure, but some training might be in order.

    1. We weren’t there and I agree that we shouldn’t rush to judgment, Paul.

      What if the student put his disobedient throat into the officer’s hands and the officer’s hands constricted of their own accord due to muscle memory?

      /sarc

      1. Like how the Kelly Thomas injured the hands of the officers?

        1. Exactly.

          In seriousness though, I am still somewhat surprised the two officers who murdered Mr. Thomas weren’t the recipients of vigilantism.

          1. Civilians aren’t the vengeful, evil, sons-of-bitches police are.

  11. Arrest warrants for Hardin allege that he hit one student with a closed fist, knocking him to the floor, and choked another student until he lost consciousness. Both students were 13 years old

    So, he’s just a normal cop, right? Nothing to see here, move along.

  12. No worries, I’m sure he’ll be back on patrol soon enough, if “internal” affairs is on the job.

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