Heavy-handed arrest at the PGA Championship: Scottie Scheffler’s fate sealed in Louisville

Heavy-handed arrest at the PGA Championship: Scottie Scheffler’s fate sealed in Louisville
Heavy-handed arrest at the PGA Championship: Scottie Scheffler’s fate sealed in Louisville

HAMILTON | Scottie Scheffler no longer has to worry about his fate in American justice. The four charges that the best golfer in the world faced since a traffic incident on the morning of May 17 in Louisville were dropped, said the prosecutor, early in the afternoon.

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This was confirmed in court by Jefferson County, Kentucky District Attorney Mike O’Connell.

According to the evidence collected, he confirmed that the fatal accident scene and the conflicting instructions of the officers led to a disagreement on the road, a few meters from the gates of the Valhalla golf club. Scheffler went there very early in the morning to prepare for his second round at the PGA Championship of America.

A conflict reportedly broke out between detective Bryan Gillis and the renowned golfer. In less than a minute, the officer had taken the driver out of his car and handcuffed him.

New sequence

In this regard, a video sequence has emerged on social networks a few hours ago. Scheffler is heard speaking with another officer.

“Sir, believe me, if I had known he was a policeman, I would have stopped the car. As you can see, I’m still shaking. I was afraid. I didn’t know who he was at all. He did not say, “Police, get out of the vehicle.” He hit me with his flashlight and shouted to get out of the vehicle,” the golfer under arrest would explain in the footage.

It should be remembered that last week, both Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg and the head of the Louisville Police Department (LMPD), Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel, reprimanded Detective Gillis for failing to turn on his body camera. He had thus violated the regulations on uniform and equipment.

Repeated blunders

It also appears according to investigations by several American media that the officer in default has a long track record for blunders committed on duty. Several video clips from the scene leading to Scheffler’s arrest contradicted the police report.

However, the lack of conclusive evidence to support the charges for assault on a police officer, dangerous driving, refusal to obey an officer directing traffic and criminal mischief no longer held water. The most serious of these, criminal mischief, could result in up to three years in prison.

Now relieved of the accusations, the fact remains that this unfortunate story will follow him throughout his life. The videos circulated widely on the web and social networks, as did this “famous” “mugshot” with the prisoner’s distinctive orange uniform and a visit behind bars.

It remains to confirm certain information currently circulating. Will Scheffler put this story behind him by not suing the LMPD in return?

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