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CrimeTeen whose traffic stop sparked change in LMPD policies sues department

18:30  12 june  2019
18:30  12 june  2019 Source:   wlky.com

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Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad announced changes to the department 's policies surrounding traffic stops at a press conference Friday. Conrad said LMPD will make revisions to six sections of its standard operating procedures relating to how officers conduct traffic stops .

LMPD started an increased policing effort in the city's poorest communities, targeting drugs and guns. It led to stops involving a disproportionate number "A mother and her son in a community can make a change in policy ," he said. Conrad said training on the new policies will takes place over the next

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A Louisville teen whose traffic stop went viral and sparked debate about police policies is now taking legal action against the Louisville Metro Police Department.

According to a lawsuit, Tae-Ahn Lea is suing several LMPD officers, citing biased policing.

Body camera footage shows Lea being pulled over for an improper turn last year in west Louisville.

Officers questioned Lea and asked to search the car. When Lea said no, he was removed from the vehicle, which belonged to his mother. Minutes later, he is seen being handcuffed as a K-9 officer searches the car.

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Conrad says the traffic stop policy changes that he introduced at the beginning of May have According to Conrad, who spoke Wednesday afternoon before the Louisville Metro Council's Public Conrad said the policy changes were a result of criticism from the community about LMPD 's traffic

Conrad emphasized to councilmembers the policy changes he announced in May were not because of a specific traffic stop , but rather based on feedback from the community. LMPD started training their officers on the new policies last week. Conrad told the council training will be complete by the end of

Less than a month after WLKY spoke with Lea, LMPD issued changes to the department's traffic stop policy.

Lea alleges he was the "perfect target" for a traffic stop because he is black, lives in a low-income neighborhood and drives a fairly new vehicle.

The lawsuit demands a trial by jury and money for damages.

Click here to read the full lawsuit

The officers listed in the lawsuit include Police Chief Steve Conrad, Major William Hibbs, as well as officers Kevin Crawford, Gabriel Hellard, Jeffrey McCauley, Jason McNeil and Kiersten Holman.

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