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Video: Ky. Campus Officer Fired for Dorm Room Raid

December 12, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Kentucky Dorm Room Raid

A University of Kentucky campus police officer has been fired for forcing his way into a student's dorm room without a warrant and making "inappropriate physical contact" with the student, reports the Lexington Herald Leader.

The Saturday incident was captured on video by the student and uploaded to YouTube, where it went viral, surpassing 150,000 views on Tuesday. A second officer is seen in the encounter.

The officers contacted the student, alleging that alcohol had been dumped out of the dorm room's window. The officers demanded to search the room for more alcohol without a warrant. According to university policy, police officers cannot search a student's dorm without permission, reports CampusReform.com.

Although the student, Graham Gaddis, can be seen wearing a Virginia Tech hoodie, the incident took place at the Lexington, Ky., university. Gaddis curses repeatedly at the officers, and asks if they have a warrant.

During the encounter, the officers threatened Gaddis with expulsion for refusing to allow the security personnel into his room. Footage also shows the officers shoving past him and conducting a cursory search of the premises.

Tags: Campus Safety, Search and Seizure, Officer Fired


Comments (22)

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Danny @ 12/12/2012 6:18 PM

I hope graham is stricken with colon cancer

Nick @ 12/12/2012 7:17 PM

@Danny : Why? The kid stood up for his rights. The officers were just being idiots and I hope he loses ALL benefits in addition to his job. Hopefully someone will upload this officers name so he may NEVER find a job in KY.

Nick @ 12/12/2012 7:19 PM

The fired officer is corporal David Thompson according to one news site.

old goat @ 12/12/2012 8:10 PM

UK has a zero tolerance policy on alcohol. I saw his (Gaddis) response to WKYT Gaddis said "I baited the officer and he took the bait. I'm glad he is where is he is at" At the beginning of the response he flipped the middle finger to the reporter. What a punk Gaddis is! I wouldn't have fired the officer if I were UK Police Chief I would work to get a punk like Gaddis expelled he is nothing but a spoiled jerk.

Bridget @ 12/12/2012 9:37 PM

I'm so glad that kid did what he did. So many police officers think they can do whatever the he11 they want and get away with it because behind that badge there is an entire legal system. Every single human being able to should always, always record police involvement no matter what the situation. And I'm down right giddy the a$$hole was fired.

Dennis @ 12/13/2012 12:52 PM

Why are you two cop haters, bridget and nick, on a cop website? Get off.... this kid is nothin but a little punk. Nick I hope you get fired from your job or kicked off welfare. Bridget hopefully you get locked up next time you're working the streets.

Nick @ 12/13/2012 1:35 PM

@Dennis
I am here because we should not allow jack asses like the officer in the video to tarnish our reputations.

Policing, when done well and by officers who care, is a noble profession. However, when done by people who just have no other skill except that they served in one of the wars or whatevs make it bad for ALL of us.

BTW, I regret not speaking up for a guy who got clobbered in court. It was his word vs that of the officer. Of course the officer won. The Problem: The Officer who testifiled wasn't the arresting officer so the guy was convicted based on the words of an officer who wasn't even present at the arrest!

Luckily other officers are disgusted at this also and I am hoping a anon call to the DA will fix our conscience.

CHuck Bradley @ 12/13/2012 2:15 PM

The kid is a punk for sure but with 2 sons at UK and both have been at the wrong end of the cops. One instance was a Lexington Officer who shoved in the front door of a private residence after being told he didn't have permission to enter. When he shoved the door in it hit and bounced off one boy and back at the officer who then filed felony assault charges on him. He charged in the room threw the kid against the wall and cuffed him. It wasn't my son but my son lived there and witnessed it. Come to find out the officer was friends with a neighbor who had a verbal altercation with the boys brother a few days before. It is known around campus that students rights get trampled on and its just getting worse. The UK police are known to be worse than LEX. I am sure previous experience is what led up to the baiting. Maybe this trend will reverse itself now.

Doug M. @ 12/13/2012 4:25 PM

Unfortunate, but the law is quite clear that the officer could not enter without consent or a warrant. University policy is not the issue - the Constitution is. We need to be better than the people who go out of their way to piss us off and we sure as heck should not be taking the bait. We do not teach respect for the rule of law and ourselves by intentionally violating it and then whining about the outcome.

Leonard Mather @ 12/13/2012 4:54 PM

Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you. Rules are to be observed. Use the rules to get the Perp. Seeing the personality traits demonstrated by Gaddis, it would not be long before he would be taken down by his own psychopathic false assurance and bombastic behavior.

Lee @ 12/13/2012 4:54 PM

They had an exigent circumstance to enter for their safety when he left the doorway from view and was setting up the camera. But they failed to take that opportunity in turning losing any reason to do so and let the kid get the best of them later on....The student should be reviewed by the student board for this kind of "bait" trick to push and push until he gets what he wants, not exactly for suspension. Perhaps an academic probation or anything down that line. Do I feel the officer should be fired....No...Reprimended and brought back to a training course on proper enrty laws, when you don't need permission etc....yes..... Oh well.

Inkedbeast @ 12/14/2012 1:00 AM

I agree, many military guys come back and expect a spot on their local PD or SO because they simply fought in a war and have no other experience. It takes a compassionate person and so many other hats to be a cop and many departments are hiring the wrong people.
Secondly, the fourth amendment is the fourth amendment. Regardless of how someone is speaking to you, you cannot violate someone's civil rights, period. That's what these officers did and rightfully should be fired.

Tetro2002 @ 12/14/2012 4:05 AM

Dennis and Inkedbeast, I take offense on your comments about people in the military. From what you have written, it is clear that you have never served in the military. I was in the military as a police officer for over 20 years, and civilian Police Officer for over 20 years. So unless you served in the military you have no right to make a judgment on police officers who were former military. I have seen polices who served in the military and who had not served do dumb ass things too. So do not make a judgment on people who served in the military, I did not see anywhere in the article that David Thompson served in the military. You are condemning him for what he did, but by judging him you just as wrong as he was. We all make mistakes, I have yet to meet the perfect police offer who never makes mistake or makes a bad decision, we learn by our mistake. We have become a country of political correctness where we are so afraid of doing what is right that it put my fellow officers in more danger. As one of my old FTO told me, never make a judgment on what another officer does or does not do, unless you where there you do not know all the facts.

S.S @ 12/14/2012 6:42 AM

The officer shoulda played by the rules,but not fired. Graham is a douchebag, his first name says it all. He's a spoiled brat who one day I hope gets his ass kicked, and no police around to help this asshole out!!!

James @ 12/16/2012 10:09 PM

Well to be honest as a former student at UK and a current police officer in the state the truth is the officer was fired for opening the fridge. All UK students sign an agreement (whether they read it or not) that when living in on campus housing any university official may enter any room at any time with no notice given. However the rooms may not be searched without permission, the officer searched the fridge without consent. The student should be removed from the university not the officer.

marshal @ 12/17/2012 9:22 AM

I am not even going to watch the vidow bu I am going to make a comment. From what I am reading it seems like most feel the officer could have done it better. But the question I have is why when anyone acts this way towards an officer or anyone of authority and it causes a less then desirable reaction the officer is at fault and insulted? Why is the conduct like what this student did condoned just because the officer was in the wrong. If you are going to insult someone then do it both ways. Both were wrong and the student admitted to baiting the officer. The officer shouldn't have taken the bait but to then insult all police officers because of that is just stupid. We weren't there and we all know how well people and the media will edit video. Rodney King was a prime example of that. For you that think this is such an easy job and that you are perfect why don't you come pin a badge on and see how you react when someone does to you what this kid did or some of the other things that officers go throught that are worse. Instead of bitching come try this and see how you do. And if you are the perfect officer in your department then maybe you need to go to some of these very busy departrments that primarily deal with the garbage of society and get an education. If you only deal with the good members of society at your job then you have no idea what goes on.

Steve @ 12/19/2012 12:03 PM

The kid was the typical "i know the law" disrespectful douche that has been evolving in the younger community. I hope the rest of the campus officers now know his name and that they don't afford him any discretion with any further incidents. To fellow LE out there has anyone thought to e-mail the Chief or PBA of this campus PD in support of this officer and how we all feel this termination was not warranted? Lets look out for one of our own...

Nick @ 12/26/2012 10:22 AM

@Steve
"Lets look out for one of our own"

NO! We should look out fr our own when they behave as part of the family, treat their profession and the public with respect. An officer's job is to protect and SERVE, not harass people and plant evidence.

Of course this young man in the video is acting like a drunk idiot. That does not mean the officer should bend the rules. In fact, those are the criteria I use to determine who to promote and represent me. Are you cool when someone loses his temper? Can you maintain control of the situation? Do you have the ability to regain control of the situation? Can you resolve the situation without using force? Or making yourself and your department look like amateurs on TV?

Sadly, this officer doesn't make the cut.

al @ 1/2/2013 3:30 PM

It looks like the student was assaulted by the officer when the officer forced his way into the room. The student is a prick and deserves to have his ass kicked and still be expelled for his conduct.

Nick @ 1/4/2013 5:47 PM

@al
I disagree that the student should be expelled. Suspended, yes, but not expelled.

The officer, however, should know better.

Mark @ 7/21/2013 12:56 PM

Why wasn't this officer charged with assault?

Da roof @ 9/28/2013 7:32 AM

Glad he is gone. No retraining needed. Why so much talk about the kids behavior? It's not even relevant. There are no excuses when a friend baits you into selling drugs and you get caught. On another note, looking at post incident interviews of lex residents, you are dummies, nobodies peers and the juries should come from another state. The amount of people unable to separate the kids behavior from the cops is scary. People wonder why our rights are disappearing daily, and its because a great number of citizen idiots feel police are a different breed than us. You are not.

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