Multiple LMPD officers investigated for recent incidents


by Adam Walser

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 9:55 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville Metro Police Officer is on paid leave and facing criminal charges after an incident at a downtown Louisville nightclub. He is the latest in a string of LMPD officers to find themselves on the other side of the law.

The Prime Lounge in downtown Louisville is the latest place where a citizen has accused a police officer of assault.
A criminal summons was issued earlier this week against Officer Charles Wheeler, after a man accused Wheeler of striking him repeatedly, causing bruising and swelling to his face and a black eye. But he is far from the only LMPD officer under investigation.
Last week, a citation was issued charging officer David Graham with assault. He allegedly slapped a man in handcuffs and poked him in the throat several times.
In early September Officer Chauncey Carthan allegedly shot an unarmed man after pulling him over, while off duty.
And back in July, Joseph Pence, allegedly hit another man with his personal vehicle while off duty. Police reports say he had been drinking at the time.
“They have to set the standards. They're here to solve crimes and to protect us. Not go overboard like that and abuse their positions,” said Louisville resident Rhonda Gardner.
Gardner believes incidents involving officers are not on the rise, she thinks they are just being reported more often.
“Now in this video age in the media age, everybody's got cell phones and camera. It's coming to people's attention more,” said Gardner.
“There's a lot of people on the police force and overall, they do a great job and they are there to help and not harm anyone,” said Louisville resident Greg Johnston.
An arraignment date has not yet been set for Wheeler.
During his career at LMPD, he has received four commendation and on reprimand, for missing court dates.