Former Lexington police officer appeals termination

Jervis Middleton

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A former Lexington police officer is appealing the department’s decision to fire him, according to the Herald-Leader.

Jervis Middleton, once a sergeant with the Lexington Police Department, was fired in February after a disciplinary hearing and vote from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council.

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Middleton’s firing came after a recommendation from Police Chief Lawrence Weathers. Weathers maintains Middleton broke several policies, particularly for giving details to Black Lives Matter protesters last summer.

Middleton’s lawyers filed an appeal Friday in Fayette Circuit Court. His attorneys say the disciplinary hearing didn’t happen in the right time frame and Middleton wasn’t charged correctly. They ask Middleton be re-hired with full benefits and back pay.

The city has not commented on the suit.

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