Percy Brown before he was unconstitutionally taken away from his family and friends for nearly 8 years.
Percy Brown before he was unconstitutionally taken away from his family and friends for nearly 8 years.

Louisville man held on series of bogus charges for nearly 8 years, only to have them all dropped

LOUISVILLE, KY – Percy Brown, who suffered one of the longest pre-trial imprisonments in state history, is now suing in federal court the Louisville police who framed him.

Brown and one of his attorneys, Elliot Slosar of the civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy, will speak at a 2 PM news conference at 730 W. Main Street, Louisville, joined by family and friends.

“Mr. Brown suffered a true injustice as he languished inside of a jail cell for nearly 8 years because Louisville police officers kept fabricating evidence to keep him there. It took almost eight years for the Commonwealth to unravel the police fraud and show that Mr. Brown should have never been arrested in the first place,” said Slosar. “In the meantime, the police destroyed Mr. Brown’s life and have left the real perpetrators of these crimes at large in the community.”

In the most serious case, the 2008 murder of Jennifer French, detectives traded promises of lighter sentences to induce  a snitch to falsely implicate Brown. Multiple eyewitnesses to the murder named and identified someone else as having killed Jennifer French, but detectives ignored those identifications and instead set out to frame Mr. Brown. But their lies unraveled because Mr. Brown was more than 70 miles away gambling at an out of state casino, and, fortunately, there were Casino records available to  prove it.

After being arrested in 2008, Mr. Brown was finally released in April 2016 after all of the charges were finally dropped.

Named as individual defendants in the suit are Louisville Police Detectives Michael Smithers, Kristen Downs, Roy Stalvey, Brian Kurigan, Officer Weathers, Keith Roberts, Gary Alcorn, David Sanford, Louisville Police Lieutenants Todd Kessinger and Barry Wilkerson and University of Louisville Police Officer Jeffrey Jewell. Institutional defendants are Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government, the City of Louisville, and the University of Louisville.

Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law is one of the largest civil rights law firms in the country with its main offices in Chicago. Over the past decade, Loevy & Loevy has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the country.

A copy of the suit, Percy Brown vs. Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government, et al., No. 16-cv-460, is available here.


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