Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Arrest of Louisville Cop Jeopardizes Over 100 Criminal Cases
Christopher Thurman, a Louisville Metro cop since 1999, has been indicted for theft by swindle and corruption for claiming amounts of overtime that more than doubled his salary since 2011, according to this article in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Facing a possible 10 year prison term for a conviction, the 37 year-old cop was released on his own personal recognizance.
Historically, criminal Louisville cops haven't done too badly in court. In 2003, two narcotics detectives, Mark Watson and Christie Robinson, were convicted in the most sweeping case of police corruption in the city’s history: forging judges’ signatures, collecting overtime not earned, illegal invasions of private homes, and pocketing money meant for investigations. Watson pleaded guilty to 299 felonies and was sentenced to 20 years in jail. He was paroled in 2007. Robinson was convicted of 20 felonies and sentenced to probation.