Lawsuit: Police department discriminated against gay officer

November 27, 2019 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that a Kentucky police department discriminated against one of its officers because of his sexuality.

The Courier Journal reports Louisville Metro Police Officer Johnny Burgraff alleges he was subjected to inappropriate remarks and passed over for a role because he’s gay. The lawsuit says Lt. Phil Russell ordered Burgraff, the department’s LGBTQ liaison officer, to be counseled for introducing himself to a group of adults and children as gay. It says he was accused of “lustfully” looking at a child.

A department report says Russell denied ordering counseling, but said he was concerned that Burgraff announced his sexuality in light of the department’s child abuse scandal. An internal investigation found his comments weren’t prejudiced.

The department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.