You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Teen whose traffic stop sparked change in LMPD policies sues department

WLKY Louisville logo WLKY Louisville 6 days ago
a close up of a person © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc.  

A Louisville teen whose traffic stop went viral and sparked debate about police policies is now taking legal action against the Louisville Metro Police Department.

According to a lawsuit, Tae-Ahn Lea is suing several LMPD officers, citing biased policing.

Body camera footage shows Lea being pulled over for an improper turn last year in west Louisville.

Officers questioned Lea and asked to search the car. When Lea said no, he was removed from the vehicle, which belonged to his mother. Minutes later, he is seen being handcuffed as a K-9 officer searches the car.

Less than a month after WLKY spoke with Lea, LMPD issued changes to the department's traffic stop policy.

Lea alleges he was the "perfect target" for a traffic stop because he is black, lives in a low-income neighborhood and drives a fairly new vehicle.

The lawsuit demands a trial by jury and money for damages.

Click here to read the full lawsuit

The officers listed in the lawsuit include Police Chief Steve Conrad, Major William Hibbs, as well as officers Kevin Crawford, Gabriel Hellard, Jeffrey McCauley, Jason McNeil and Kiersten Holman.

READ MORE:Teen whose traffic stop sparked change in LMPD policies sues department

CHECK OUT WLKY:Live. Local. Late-Breaking. Get the top Louisville news, weather and sports from the team at WLKY – online, anytime.


More from

WLKY Louisville
WLKY Louisville
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon