Officer charged with official misconduct in case involving 12-year-old


by WHAS11

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 7:30 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An LMPD officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly lying about an incident involving a child.

The officer, Jackie Miller, has worked for the Louisville Metro Police Department for the past four years.

He also has recently worked off-duty security at two middle schools.

Miller is accused of using force against a 12-year-old, then lying in an attempt to cover it up.

A physical altercation with the child is at the center of the investigation.

The report says it began when Miller “knowingly falsified a citation," alleging facts he knew to be false.

A police investigation allegedly determined Miller lied under oath “to cover up his use of force against the student.”

Miller was charged with false swearing and official misconduct.

Neighbors were troubled by the news.

“I  think, if anything, the cop should be put off the force, for sure” Justin Smith said. “If you don't know how to act around children, how do you know how to act around adults?”

“He should be a father figure. He should be a father figure to these kids. Someone these kids can look up to and trust,” Tony Perry said.

Miller has been in the news before.

He was one of the officers working off duty security at a West Louisville nightclub last May when gunfire erupted.

“The officers were injured by what we believe was some shrapnel.” LMPD Spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said at the time. 

Other recent violence led to a new work opportunity for Miller, while he was under investigation by LMPD’s public integrity unit.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, Officer Miller was assigned to do off duty work at Western Middle School, where he had worked in the past before going to Frost Middle School. He was described by school officials as being a very popular presence.

Miller was placed on desk duty and his police powers were suspended when the charges were filed against him this week.

He will not be allowed to perform police work while the case is under investigation.

Miller's attorney Brian Butler says his client is disappointed in the charges and denies any wrongdoing.

Miller is scheduled to be arraigned on January 31.