Report: Police Officer Who Arrested Scottie Scheffler Had Bodycam Off

There is no video recording of the golfer's arrest coming from the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Scottie Scheffler reacts after a putt on the second green at Valhalla Golf Club.
Scottie Scheffler reacts after a putt on the second green at Valhalla Golf Club. / Matt Stone-USA TODAY Sports

The police officer who arrested Scottie Scheffler early on Friday morning near Valhalla Golf Club did not have his bodycam video on.

"There is no body-worn camera footage of the initial encounter," a Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman said to ESPN on Saturday. "The incident is under review internally and will proceed through the judicial process. We would like to restate that all parties involved are fully cooperating. LMPD is committed to a thorough investigation for all involved."

Louisville mayor Craig Greenberg told the Louisville Courier Journal earlier Saturday that there is footage of the incident from a "fixed camera" across the street. Greenberg said footage from that camera will be released in the coming days.

The only video of the arrest currently available to the public is one taken by ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington that began after Scheffler was put in handcuffs.

Scheffler was arrested early Friday morning after trying to drive around a crash scene that caused a traffic jam near Valhalla Golf Club, the host of this weekend's 2024 PGA Championship. Scheffler was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic. He was booked but released from jail in time to make his tee time at 10:08 a.m. ET Friday.

Scheffler has since called the incident a "big misunderstanding" between himself and the police officers.

Through three rounds of the 2024 PGA Championship, Scheffler is tied for 24th place at seven-under par. He is eight strokes behind co-leaders Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa (15-under par) after shooting a two-over 73 in the third round Saturday.


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