LMPD officer facing harassment allegations

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville Metro Police officer is on administrative leave, accused of misconduct and harassing a suspect.

David Graham, 46, is accused of slapping a suspect in the face and going too far but he’s been in trouble before.
 
WHAS11 tried to talk to Graham at his house but his father answered the door.
 
Graham was charged for slapping John Sanders in the face while the robbery suspect was handcuffed in March. The officer also allegedly poked him in the throat several times with his fingers while Sanders sat on the hood of his police cruiser, causing him to fall.

WHAS11 News spoke to Graham’s neighbor who wished to stay anonymous. She says Graham has been a good guy since childhood.
 
"He is a very good guy and comes from a very good family. He's always been very quiet, very reserved and never been the type of person you would view as being vicious or vindictive," said the neighbor.
 
This, following a robbery in Spring where police say Sanders and Dejuan Alexander robbed, beat and pepper sprayed a man for his E-reader near 4th and Oak Street.

In a previous interview, Sanders' mother said her son was not resisting arrest.
 
“He didn’t have to treat him like a dog. He’s a human being,” said Tewana Felton in April 2012.
 
Graham pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in a different case from 2008. He admitted to slashing a man's front tire in a church parking lot at 4th and Magnolia Street during an LMPD investigation. He was suspended for 30 days.

LMPD wouldn’t comment on this case. Graham is under investigation by the Public Integrity Unit. He’s expected to face a judge next month.        

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