Board of commissioners to hold disciplinary hearing on Paducah police officer
On Monday, the Paducah Board of Commissioners will hold a disciplinary hearing about police officer Michael Redmon’s suspension and the arguments for and against it.
On June 30, Redmon was suspended without pay. Two weeks later, a police department board voted unanimously that Redmon violated the department’s policy that he used excessive force.
The hearing will look like and act as a trial, but Redmon is not criminally charged. Redmon was reportedly watching after a man who was already arrested. The department says Redmon used excessive force against the man: choking him while he was handcuffed.
The suspect Redmon was watching faces five charges: two assault charges, including domestic violence, running from police, violating a protective order, and being a danger to himself and others due to mental illness.
At the hearing, the board will hear testimony, see evidence, and make a decision. They will either accept the police chief’s recommendation that Redmon be fired, decide on a different punishment, or rule in Redmon’s favor.
After the hearing, Redmon could appeal to McCracken County Circuit Court, where it becomes a civil lawsuit.
Defense lawyer Jeremy Ian Smith says about seven motions have been filed and 14 responses leading up to the hearing.
Redmon requested the hearing at city hall to be public. It’s scheduled for Monday morning at 9.