Councilman With 'Hot Mic' Caught Lying About Cop Paralyzed In Shooting

Georgetown City Councilman Marvin Thompson erroneously said that a wounded deputy had been given a million dollars.

Georgetown, KY – A Georgetown city councilman was caught on camera complaining that a police officer who was paralyzed in the line of duty had already been given a million dollars and a vehicle despite the fact the wounded wheelchair-bound officer has been given nothing by the city.

Scott County Deputy Jaime Morales was shot in the back by former Georgetown Police Officer Joseph Enricco during a Special Response Team (SRT) apprehension of a fugitive in at a rest stop on Interstate 75 on Sept. 11, 2018, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

At first, authorities believed Deputy Morales had been shot by the suspect, but investigators later determined that the shooting had been friendly fire.

The deputy was left 90 percent paraplegic as a result of his gunshot wound.

Attorneys for Deputy Morales filed a lawsuit against the city of Georgetown, the Georgetown Police Department, the mayor, each of the city council members, a Georgetown police lieutenant, and former Officer Enricco, who has since resigned from the police force, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The lawsuit alleges that the members of the SRT who were called to help a U.S. deputy marshal arrest a fugitive had not been properly trained which resulted in his line of duty paralysis.

Georgetown City Councilman Marvin Thompson was discussing Deputy Morales’ lawsuit with City Councilwoman Polly Singer-Eardley during a lull in business at a city council meeting and his remarks were picked up by a “hot mic.”

The meeting was being broadcasted live on public access television.

Video of the incident showed Thompson leaning over to Singer-Eardley to make his snarky remark about the paralyzed deputy’s lawsuit.

“I mean, we’ve already gave him a million dollars, a new home, a new car, a . . . lot,” Thompson told Singer-Eardley.

But attorneys for Deputy Morales said that wasn’t true and that the wounded deputy hasn’t received a cent from his police department or the city, WKYT reported.

Attorney Tom W. Miller said that the only assistance Deputy Morales has received has come from the community and released a statement expressing his outrage at Thompson’s remarks.

“It is astonishing that a Georgetown City official is spreading lies about a deputy sheriff who went into harm’s way without considering his own safety to help prevent an armed and dangerous bank-robber from getting into the community,” Miller wrote. “Jamie [Morales] has never received one dollar from Georgetown or any other public entity. In fact, Georgetown refused to make any offer to settle Jamie's claim when given the opportunity to do so, forcing us to file suit.”

“Jamie is living in a simple apartment which lacks the needed [set up] for someone in a chair. No house has been built and given to him,” the attorney continued.

“The worst of the misstatements is blaming Jamie's injuries on him,” he said. “He was shot in the back by a Georgetown City policeman who was improperly trained and lacked adequate supervision. It is abundantly clear the councilman has not read the complaint or expert reports attached which properly assign blame, and it is not Jamie who was at fault.”

Miller said that Deputy Morales purchased a vehicle equipped for his wheelchair with $30,000 of his own money and help from some members of the community, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

“Morales is making car payments using his own funds,” the statement said. “We were extremely disappointed that Mr. Thompson appears to believe that Morales is to blame for his own catastrophic injuries that he has to live with every moment of his life.”

Thompson defended his remarks to the Lexington Herald-Leader on Tuesday afternoon and said that he was saying “the community and them has done all this,” not the city.

Another attorney for Deputy Morales, Elliott Miller, said he was still “disturbed” by Thompson’s “grossly inaccurate comments.”

“The only money Morales has received is from the extremely generous donations made by the people in the community,” which the attorney said “do not even equal a quarter of the million dollars Mr. Thompson claims the city, or others, have paid.”

Comments (42)
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JBo
JBo

That's a politician for you. When facts don't match the agenda...the agenda wins. Disgraceful for an elected official to act this way.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wow, an elected official lying about having paid $$$$ to an officer who was injured in the line of duty because of the the official's officers negligently shot the now paralyzed officer in the back? I wish i could say I was shocked, but after the actions of many politicians towards members of law enforcement, I'm sad to say it's becoming more of the norm

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"At first, authorities believed Deputy Morales had been shot by the suspect, but investigators later determined that the shooting had been friendly fire."

Wonder what made them "change their mind" on this one. Usually policemen are pretty reluctant to cop to occurrences of friendly fire.

flybynight
flybynight

This was not an ambush........ or something like that.

GForce48
GForce48

Typical for a no skin in the game politician!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"Deputy Shot By Bank Robber Is Now 90% Paraplegic" -- Blue Lives Matter, Sept 17, 2018 (6 days after the shooting).

GHarvey
GHarvey

Any voters keep voting these asshats into office. Pay the man and let him get on with his diminished life. And remove the asshat politician from office.

Hoops
Hoops

Hopefully a poorly-trained Georgetown officer will accidently shoot Mr. Thompson.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

OK this has so so many things to be addressed. But first off, so very tragic what happened to the officer. I pray he gets better and that he gets any and everything due him. Second, WRONG on so many levels reference the councilman. He needs to resign ASAP.

2 EASY things...

"attorneys for Deputy Morales said...the wounded deputy hasn’t received a cent from his police department or the city" ALL comments have been reference the councilman. I'm waiting on comments reference the police department and city, whom has done NOTHING for the deputy. KUDOS to the community.

"The lawsuit alleges that the members of the SRT...had not been properly trained which resulted in his line of duty paralysis." Please say that it is not so that LEO's are out working the streets that are not properly trained. That never happens.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Shame on Georgetown KY AND it's CM Marvin Thompson for that horrendous lie...... That city owes this officer Workers Comp pay and continue to pay his medical bills. He put his life on the line for it's citizens. Karma CM Thompson.

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

You mean...... politicians lie!!?? OMG what is this world coming to? Let’s see them back pedal this shit.

Flobow
Flobow

It's time our police man are given a little TLC! They stand up for us but Americans aren't standing up for them! AMERICANS when you have NO ONE to stand in the line of fire for you, what will you then do??????

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Look at it this way -- if he was an innocent civilian bystander then he probably wouldn't have worker's comp and employer funded health insurance thru the city -- in other words he would REALLY have gotten nothing. And his GoFundMe probably wouldn't have brought in ~ $200,000 either. He'd be much more screwed.

Also, if he were an innocent bystander, I wonder if they ever would have admitted that it was friendly fire.

NomonK
NomonK

To use a sick statement from another politician. "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE". He was shot and is now a paraplegic. This all happened in the line of duty. The Departments owe him and it is due him. They made no attempt to settle this by even making an offfer.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

OTHER QUESTION: Is Deputy Morales seeking money from the city that the city actually legally owes him and legally must pay, or is he seeking charity from the city?

If he has a legal right to money from the city, then what is the legal theory there? Contract? (what does his employment contract actually say?) The tort of negligence? (city is probably immune from these claims) 28 USC 1983 (there is probably qualified immunity for the city on this)

Bludragn
Bludragn

I would like to see the video