Louisville police to review Scottie Scheffler arrest

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Louisville police will investigate whether policies were followed correctly in the arrest of world number one Scottie Scheffler at the US PGA Championship.

The 27-year-old was arrested on Friday, May 17 after attempting to enter the Valhalla Golf Club in heavy traffic and his arraignment date was rescheduled for Monday, June 3.

Scheffler was charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and ignoring an officer’s traffic signals, all of which he denies.

It was later learned that the arresting officer, Bryan Gillis, had not activated his body camera video before Scheffler was detained, handcuffed and arrested, even though it was standard operating procedure.

In a statement, Louisville Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said: “The internal investigation is still ongoing.

“Any policy violations that are revealed during the course of the investigation will be appropriately addressed in accordance with protocol. The department intends to provide an additional update on the investigation on Thursday, May 23.”

At his weekly press conference, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg added that “action will be taken” if policies are not followed.

Play in the event was delayed 80 minutes on Friday due to an accident near the field, in which a pedestrian was killed after being hit by a bus.

The accident caused heavy traffic, forcing some to abandon their cars on the highway.

Scheffler, who was not involved in the crash, allegedly attempted to avoid the scene before being detained by police.

The American was released in time for his second round at the US PGA Championship, with the world number one describing the incident as a “big misunderstanding”.

Scheffler’s attorney, Steve Romines, said that “several witnesses confirmed that he did nothing wrong, but simply proceeded as instructed.”

Videos from the scene outside the field in Louisville, Kentucky, showed Scheffler handcuffed and being guided to the back of a police car.

Police later released a report on the incident that said the officer who attempted to stop Scheffler from entering the track in his car was dragged to the ground and suffered “pain, swelling and abrasions” to his left wrist and knee.