Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Patrolman on paid leave as FBI probes allegations of misconduct

The city of Providence has suspended one police officer pending an investigation into claims of police misconduct. According to city officials, that investigation is being carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Patrolman Will Dukes Jr, who has been with PPD for just over a year, was placed on paid administrative leave following a complaint filed by Dixon Attorney Amelia Zachary on behalf of Jeffrey W. Littlepage, a suspect arrested by Dukes earlier this year.

The J-E is currently awaiting details of that complaint.

“We wanted an outside investigation into the situation,” said Mayor Eddie Gooch. “We felt that was the best and safest way for the city to handle it.”

Officials say the request for an investigation was passed up to the county attorney’s office, where it was forwarded to the Commonwealth Attorney, the Kentucky Attorney General and eventually the Department of Justice, who dispatched federal investigators.

“They came down because they want to make sure that Mr. Littlepage’s rights have not been violated,” said Gooch. “I did not speak with them and cannot comment on their investigation.”

>>>For more information, see this week's (June 29) edition of the J-E.

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