Louisville police to investigate Scheffler's arrest

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg cast doubts on the events' unfolding

by Andrea Gussoni
Louisville police to investigate Scheffler's arrest
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One day after the originally scheduled first court appearance of Scottie Scheffler, following his arrest last Friday before the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, which will finally take place on June 2 to allow the player to participate in the Charles Schwab Invitational starting this Thursday, the city police announced that they will investigate the circumstances of the arrest, which may have procedural defects that could undermine the case.

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Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg cast doubts on the events' unfolding. "From what I understand, based on the facts that I am aware of, I can understand why Officer Gillis' body camera was not on at the time of the initial contact with Mr.

Scheffler, but I still have questions about why it remained off throughout the arrest," he told the press. A possible breach in protocols is compounded by the fact that two witnesses who witnessed the events live, a reporter and one of the ESPN commentators, have given a version that differs from that provided by the police officer.

According to the officer, he gave Scheffler instructions that he "refused to comply with," speeding up and dragging him for a few meters, during which he suffered abrasions on his right leg and irreparable damage to his pants.

Bob Wischusen, one of the ESPN journalists present, stated that the officer "became very angry chasing the car." "My impression is that he was running alongside the car trying to stop it, and at some point he stumbled and fell.

There was some sort of protrusion or median near the main door. And it's worth noting that it was raining and it was 6 in the morning, it was dark," he pointed out. Scheffler himself will give an account of all this next Monday, June 3, when he is expected to give his version, although he has the right not to testify, before the authorities accompanied by his lawyer, Steve Romines, a well-known attorney in the area who has already stated that the strategy is to plead innocent and go to trial if necessary. However, it seems unlikely that it will come to that.