Paris police to challenge charges brought by Chief

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PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – A legal battle is brewing in Paris, where 5 police officers say they will challenge charges brought against them by the Chief of the department.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Lt. Jon Luke Humphries, Lt. Robert Puckett, and officers James Primm, Kevin Anderson and Abdullah Bholat, will attend a hearing Monday morning to address the charges against them. The paper says the officers are charged with conduct unbecoming an officer, failure to conform to rules and regulations, insubordination, inefficiency, and dereliction of duty.

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Reportedly, the charges stem from a December memo in the department that warned officers not to “hang out in dispatch.” While the officers confirm that they stayed in dispatch prior to the release of the memo, they say after its release they complied with the regulation.

The Lexington Herald-leader says that a sixth officer, Lt. Michael Dempsey, resigned last week, after he and the other 5 officers were suspended.

According to the paper, the six officers comprise nearly a third of the Paris police force.

Information from the Lexington Herald-Leader