Scottie Scheffler’s Arrest: Officer Disciplined for Not Using Bodycam

Scottie Scheffler arrest bodycam

A Louisville detective has been disciplined for failing to activate his body-worn camera during the arrest of world number one golfer Scottie Scheffler. The incident occurred before the second round of the PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, when Scheffler allegedly attempted to drive around a traffic jam caused by a fatal accident near Valhalla Golf Club.

Detective Bryan Gillis, who claimed he was dragged to the ground by Scheffler’s vehicle, faced “corrective action” for the bodycam policy breach. A street camera video shows Scheffler’s car turning into the club entrance, with an officer running towards the vehicle and seemingly striking it as it stopped. However, the distant camera angle fails to capture full details. Another police dashcam video shows Scheffler being handcuffed and taken away.

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Scheffler was charged with injuring Gillis and disobeying commands, but he insists it was a “big misunderstanding.” His attorney, Steve Romines, maintains Scheffler’s innocence and rejects any settlement, stating they will either go to trial or have the case dismissed.

Louisville Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel emphasized the importance of operational readiness for bodycams. Detective Gillis, who was managing traffic at the time, failed to have his camera in standby mode, violating department policy. He underwent “corrective action,” including counseling and a performance review.

Gillis reported that Scheffler’s vehicle was coming towards him in the wrong lane, and as he approached on foot, the car accelerated, dragging him. Gillis’s uniform was damaged, and he received hospital treatment for his injuries. Despite the arrest, Scheffler returned to the tournament and finished tied for eighth place, earning around $520,000.

Scheffler is set to appear in Louisville on June 3 to face four charges, including second-degree felony assault of a police officer. This incident highlights the critical importance of bodycams, especially after the 2020 controversy surrounding Breonna Taylor’s death, which led to stricter bodycam policies for Louisville police.

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