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Police: Charges against Scheffler won't be dropped

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Louisville police announced Thursday that the four charges against World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler will not be dropped at this time, although the arresting officer is being disciplined for not activating his body camera.

"Detective (Bryan) Gillis did not have his body-worn camera operational ready," Louisville police chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said, per ESPN's Jeff Darlington. "Our officer has received corrective action for his policy violation.

"We respect the judicial process, and we will allow the courts to proceed."

Police released further footage of the arrest Thursday, though they said it doesn't include the initial interaction between Scheffler and Gillis. A four-minute video shows footage taken from a street camera, and a 56-minute video shows footage taken from a police car dashboard camera.

Here's a clip from the street camera footage.

Scheffler's attorney reiterated Thursday that his client was not at fault.

"Our position is the same as it was last Friday, Scottie Scheffler didn't do anything wrong, we're not interested in settling the case," attorney Steve Romines said, according to The Associated Press. "We'll either try it or it will be dismissed."

Scheffler's court date is June 3.

The World No. 1 was arrested May 17 while on his way to Valhalla Golf Club to play in the second round of the PGA Championship.

He's facing four charges: second-degree assault of an officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic. The first charge is a felony.

After a fatal accident near the entrance to the course backed up traffic that morning, Scheffler reportedly tried bypassing the traffic and drove past a police officer who ordered him to stop. The officer reportedly attempted to attach himself to Scheffler's car and screamed at the 27-year-old to exit the vehicle. The officer handcuffed Scheffler after he he got out of the car.

Gillis wrote in his arrest report that Scheffler "refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging" him to the ground as he approached on foot, per the AP. Gillis added that he was hospitalized for his injuries and his uniform pants were damaged.

Scheffler said he spent time stretching in the jail cell before shooting a 5-under 66 in Round 2. He ultimately finished the tournament tied for eighth.

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