Louisville police officers will be required to use active recording devices when they are undercover, says Chief Robert White. The Louisville Courier-Journal says the policy change comes after an officer’s Jan. 3 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Michael Newby during what White has described as an attempted undercover drug buy gone bad. White has said that the two were struggling over the officer’s service handgun when the weapon discharged. Newby ran, and the officer fired his gun four times, striking Newby three times in the back and killing him.
Police said the officer was wearing a wire but that no one was monitoring the signal and it was not recorded. “We will require officers to wear wires and have a recording device,” White told City Council members yesterday.
White hopes to finish the criminal investigation into the shooting by February. The Rev. Louis Coleman, director of the Justice Resource Center has written to Gov. Ernie Fletcher requesting a special prosecutor for the case. Since 1998, Louisville police have shot and killed 11 men, and seven of them were African American. No officers were charged.