"We are happy for the officer that the Louisville Police Department finally did the right thing and put a good policeman back on the streets," said Thomas More Society attorney Matt Heffron. "But it is astounding to those of us defending him – shocking actually – that the police department would treat a hardworking, loyal officer this way. They left him twisting in the wind for four months because of off-duty prayer."
The case is concluding with a decision by officials that there will be no discipline for the officer, whose name was not released.
The circumstances were that the officer, before dawn on a Saturday morning in February, "quietly had prayed along with his father for less than an hour in front of the EMW Women's Surgical Center," the local abortion business, the society reported.
When he started his patrol duty later than morning, he was ordered to report in, and was placed on leave with pay pending an investigation.
The officer, a 13-year veteran with nothing on his disciplinary record, has been on indefinite leave since.