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Pushback: Cop wins $75K settlement for being punished for praying

A victory for liberty in Louisville
A victory for liberty in Louisville

Do not comply: Policeman Matthew Schrenger has won a $75,000 settlement from the city of Louisville, Kentucky, for suspending him after he prayed, while off duty, in front of an abortion clinic.

Officer Matthew Schrenger was off-duty when he stopped to pray with his father on the public sidewalk outside the EMW Women’s Surgical Center nearly a year ago, on Feb. 20, according to the Thomas More Society. Schrenger arrived in the early morning, before the abortion provider opened, as part of 40 Days for Life, an international grassroots campaign dedicated to ending abortion through prayer and fasting.

Matt Heffron, senior counsel for the Thomas More Society, previously said that Schrenger, a 13-year police veteran, was praying the rosary, according to the local Fox affiliate, WDRB News.

For his actions, Schrenger was suspended for more than four months with pay, stripped of his police powers, and placed under investigation.

Though the lawsuit had specifically named Police Chief Erika Shields and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, according to the news report only the city of Louisville is the paying damages. This is very unfortunate. As I noted when I featured Schrenger’s suspension in an October blacklist column,

What should happen if Schrenger wins is that Shields and the Mayor should be held personally liable, and have to pay out of their own pocket any damages. What will more likely happen will be that the taxpayers will pick up the tab, and these two thugs will walk away unharmed. That’s how justice works today in America: Politicians and their political appointees are given immunity from punishment, allowing them to oppress without fear anyone they do not like or disagree with. [emphasis in original]

Sadly it appears my prediction has turned out to be true. The only solution now would be for the voters of Louisville to dump this mayor, something we should not bet on considering he is a Democrat and as usual Democrats dominate the population in this urban city.

Nonetheless, the good news is that this lawsuit has put these thugs on notice. Persecute conservatives and you will be sued, and face the risk of serious financial damage.

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  • Guy Faux

    Ok so State law tells public employees not to protest while in uniform. His job is law Enforcement. He was in uniform. He tried to cover his uniform which implies he knew he shouldn’t be wearing it. He used his police cruiser(gov property) to travel to and from the protest. He is on video marching and holding signs, not praying the rosary.

    Dear Mr Z,
    It’s ok if you only want to post one sided articles that are clearly misleading and intentionally poorly researched. However you regularly go on other programs and proclaim you do not do this. You also claim that since you are so appalled at the blatant censorship of the big tech left on conservatives, that as long as a comment is not rude or crude you allow it. You would NEVER stoop to the level of the liberals in California and censor people who simply have opinions different than your own.

  • Guy Faux: You should read all the info at all the links. The double standard by the government here was blatant. It not only did not punish other officers for participating in BLM protests, without trying to hide their uniforms, it encouraged that participation.

    This guy won his case for that reason as much as for any other.

  • sippin_bourbon

    “He covered his uniform”. Yep, and that was in his favor.
    The Chief herself stated that the law regarding the uniforms has been inconsistently enforced.
    So an admission from the chain of command, and that is why he was cleared.

    “He is on video marching and holding signs, not praying the rosary.”
    What is your basis for this statement?
    I do not find any article that says he was not engaged in prayer.

  • DW

    Perhaps if he had sued for a million dollars that would have grabbed their attention.
    Thanks Mr. Zimmerman.

  • Col Beausabre

    My immediate reaction. “75K is selling freedom very cheaply”

  • Cotour


    Trudeau will have to bend.

    And if not? Then what?

  • sippin_bourbon

    $75k does sound cheap, but it must be weighed against the damage.
    He was suspended, with pay, for 4 months, not fired.

    This was a settlement that he agreed to.

  • Col Beausabre


    “What then?”

    The government has guns and Canadians have been largely disarmed “for their own good”. I don’t think I have to draw you a picture, do I?

    The Lefties are so desperate, they tried having their media lackeys blame the protest on “Russian agents provocateur” – same play book as Clinton in 2016. That claim has been replied to with general derision across the Dominion and hooted down.

    BTW, what TV station logo is that…the Pacman Channel?

  • What then?

    The truckers leave Ottawa.

    And truckers – even those not currently in Ottawa – stay out of there, for at least nine meals.

    Repeat with other major urban areas who have aligned with Brandeau.

    The government and its guns will then have other concerns to focus on. OTOH any attempt to force enough truckers to return will reinforce the truckers’ message, that the government is embracing tyranny in its self-righteousness. The Tarkin Effect becomes significant.

    The government does not “own” truckers. It can’t arrest them all. – not even close – but they can find other places to do business than in the urban feedlots.

    I don’t know if even the majority of truckers understand the leverage they have on Brandeau and his fellow busybodies, in terms of passive Irish democracy.

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