White nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach was arrested Tuesday for felony domestic battery in southern Indiana, raising questions about his organization’s future and his role in the so-called “alt-right” movement — and potentially violating his probation in Kentucky. Police records obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center show that Heimbach was arrested Tuesday by Paoli Police and charged with domestic battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old, as well as intimidation and strangulation. Heimbach allegedly assaulted his wife and his wife’s stepfather, David Matthew Parrott. He was released from jail after posting $1,000 bond, according to online court records. Heimbach and Parrott co-founded the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist political group that has worked to unite the “alt-right” movement.
Employees have lodged 33 formal complaints of sexual harassment or assault since 2012. Most complaints ranged from inappropriate verbal comments and text messages to unwanted touching. (This story includes a description of sexual assault.)
Every public agency has to follow the same state laws about sharing records with the public. But every public agency does not interpret these laws the same way when it comes to sharing complaints of sexual harassment.
Nearly a year after the Kentucky Supreme Court issued new rules governing private probation companies, enforcement of those rules — and the system itself — remains inconsistent across the state, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.
Our latest Next Louisville story started with a question: how problematic is trash and litter in Louisville’s neighborhoods, and is it worse in areas with higher rates of poverty? We answered that question by combining data already publicly available with open records requests — and we discovered an interesting correlation.
The consultants raised questions about whether the detention center’s understaffed school violated federal laws, and said having no qualified mental health professional on staff “jeopardizes the safety of young people with mental illness.” A physician is only on site two mornings a week, and nurses give most of the medical care.