A Lexington, Kentucky, police officer named Jervis Middleton has been fired from his job amid allegations that he supplied Black Lives Matter with critical information about police officers.
After a nine-hour hearing followed by two more hours of deliberation, Middleton was accused of funneling information to Sarah Williams, a BLM protest leader with a prominent role in the protests that happened over the death of Breonna Taylor, and it was determined that he provided her with information that “could be used to insult, intimidate and harass” officers during those protests.
The Hearing and Its Results
The hearing into former officer Middleton’s conduct came about because of accusations leveled against him by Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers. The Lexington Police Department appears to have found evidence to corroborate its allegations.
After holding the hearing and concluding proper deliberations, the Lexington-Fayette Urban City Council decided to side with chief Weathers and fire Middleton.
According to the complaint filed against Middleton, “it appears that Officer Jervis Middleton advised Ms. Williams that certain officers and command staff were ‘racists’… He also provided her copies of sensitive ‘law enforcement only’ communications… which outlined staffing, operational and deployment plans.”
This allowed Williams and other protestors to engage in targeted harassment of these officers.
Williams and Middleton appear to be friends, which further adds to the suspicious air surrounding these events.
Middleton’s Malicious History
This appears to not be the first time that Middleton had been accused of nefarious actions while a police officer. For instance, in 2019, he was accused of “using police computers to get information about a woman,” according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. He had been angry that the woman had broken off a sexual relationship with her and decided to use his power to harass her and follow her around.
Though he was acquitted of any official misconduct in this case, he was demoted from sergeant to officer.
“I felt like the discipline he received last time should have been a message to him and allow him to come back and become the officer that I know he can be. After this, I just can’t see him coming back,” chief Weathers said.
Middleton’s exact motives for this latest breach of police trust are not currently known.