Scottie Scheffler arrest video outside PGA Championship expected to be released

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Video of the encounter between pro golfer Scottie Scheffler and Louisville police outside Valhalla Golf Club should be released this week, Mayor Craig Greenberg told reporters Tuesday.

The footage from a pole camera across the street from the club entrance on Shelbyville Road apparently is the only video of the incident that led to Scheffler’s arrest Friday morning on the second day of the PGA Championship. Police said over the weekend there is no officer body-worn camera footage of the initial interaction.

Greenberg said he has viewed the recording but declined to describe it.

“I will let the video speak for itself,” he said during a press conference in the Paristown Pointe neighborhood. “It shows the arrest of Mr. Scheffler, and I will let others come to their own conclusions.”

Greenberg said he’s not had any conversations about the case with Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, whose office is prosecuting. “I don’t plan to,” he said. “We need to let the legal process play out the way it has. And again, I’m hopeful that come June 3 all parties can move forward.”

However, the mayor did not answer a question about whether members of his administration have had conversations with O’Connell or his office, or if he has discussed the case with anyone in the county attorney’s office.

Greenberg deferred other questions to police, including his understanding of LMPD’s body camera policies for officers working traffic detail and the type of investigation of the officer who arrested Scheffler, Detective Bryan Gills.

He said he also expects Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel “to have comments this week.”

LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell declined to say what kind of investigation has begun or will occur, nor did he answer a question seeking to clarify the body camera policy. 

“We will advise and notify the media when it is appropriate, and plans are finalized,” Mitchell said in an emailed response to questions. 

LMPD’s body-worn camera (BWC) policy requires officers to “immediately activate their BWC in recording mode prior to engaging in all law enforcement activities or encounters.” 

The policy also states: “If a member is involved in a sudden and unanticipated incident where exigent safety concerns prevent the immediate activation of his/her BWC, he/she will activate the BWC at the first opportunity, when it is safe to do so, in order to capture the immediate aftermath of the situation.”

Greenberg said Saturday that it’s unclear if Gillis didn’t have a body camera or didn’t have it activated.

Scheffler, the world’s No. 1 ranked golfer and the reigning Masters champion, was arrested and charged last Friday with felony assault of a police officer outside the eastern Jefferson County golf course around 7:30 a.m. after allegedly refusing to stop near the scene…

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