Fan Cole Turner wears a shirt with Scottie Scheffler's mugshot at the 2024 PGA Championship. Fan Cole Turner wears a shirt with Scottie Scheffler’s mugshot at the 2024 PGA Championship. (Matt Stone/The Louisville Courier-Journal, via USA Today Sports.)

In a lot of disputes over exactly what happened in a particular incident, video is crucial. That’s come up in many interactions with police in particular, and that’s led to a lot of policies mandating dash cameras and body-worn cameras.

However, those bodycams only work if they’re worn and turned on. And as per Louisville mayor Craig Greenberg’s comments Saturday, the city has not been able to obtain footage from any bodycam from Louisville Metro Police Department detective Bryan Gillis around his controversial arrest of world No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler Friday:

As Mike Sisak of The Associated Press noted, that specifically contradicts the department’s published policy:

However, as per Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB, Greenberg said there is footage from a fixed camera across the street, and that will be “soon be released.” And that may help clear up the discrepancies between the arrest report claiming Scheffler dragged Gillis (and ripped his pants) and Scheffler’s lawyer’s claims that those allegations are false.

A body camera would have been very useful in figuring out who was telling the truth about this incident. It certainly was in the case of Toronto Raptors’ GM Masai Ujiri’s run-in with an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy in 2019. But perhaps the fixed camera footage will be enough to establish what happened here.


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.