LMPD officer suspended for ticketing 7-year-old boy


by Adrianna Hopkins


Posted on January 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 20 at 12:55 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11)-  An LMPD officer is suspended for the next 13 days without pay for giving a ticket to a 7-year-old boy, who threw a ball that hit the officer's personal vehicle.
WHAS11’s Adrianna Hopkins has been talking to people to get their opinion on whether the officer's punishment is right for what happened.

The incident happened in a neighborhood off of Fern Valley Road.
The 7-year-old boy was cited for criminal mischief in the third degree.
The citation issued and what the officer allegedly said to the boy's mother is what got him in trouble.

The boy was outside playing with a ball on Deep Hollow Road, when LMPD Officer Cody Chapelle drove by.
According to the brand new suspension letter just written Jan 14 by Chief Robert White, Officer Chapelle cited the little boy for Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree.

He then yelled at the child's mother telling her she was a bad parent.
Chief White suspended Chapelle for 15 days without pay for violating policy, saying Chapelle's truck did not sustain any damage so the charge was not appropriate.

He also says Chapelle cited the little boy in an effort to get his mother to discipline him.

Chapelle joined LMPD in July of 1993 and has received several letters of appreciation and commendation.
According to KY statutes, a person is guilty of criminal mischief in the 3rd degree if the person intentionally or wantonly defaces, destroys or damages any property.
The little boy’s family had no comment about this case, neither did their attorney.
Officer Chapelle and LMPD could not talk to us about this case.