Louisville, Kentucky attorney David Mour filed a criminal complaint today with Louisville Police Department’s Eighth DIstrict against Jim Geisler. Mour is representing three women who claim that on September 18, 2020, Jim Geisler endangered their lives by pointing a firearm at them while they were participating in a protest march on South Hurstville Parkway in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
The incident in question was captured by a Louisville Metro Police Department helicopter camera. In the video, Geilser’s vehicle is seen approaching an intersection where protesters were marching in the opposing lane. One of the protesters was standing on the curb next to Geisler’s lane. When Geisler passed this protester he stopped his vehicle. It is unclear in the video why Geisler stopped his car. The footage then shows members of the protest approaching the vehicle. One of the protesters, identified as Robin Ash of Louisville, walked toward the vehicle brandishing a handgun, pointing it at Geisler as she walked toward the vehicle. Ash then begins walking away from the vehicle, putting the gun in the side of her pants. The protesters began damaging Geisler’s vehicle at which time he pulled his car forward to escape the angry mob. Geisler stopped his vehicle again a short distance away to assess the damage done to his car. Police are seen approaching the scene and clearing the area.
A video taken by a protester from the street view showed Geisler exiting his vehicle, stepping into a group of protesters, after he had pulled away from the mob with the gun still in his hand. The police were approaching as he was pointing out the damage to his car. The grey Ford Taurus had a large dent in the driver’s side rear quarter panel. This damage, Geisler claimed, was done by the protesters which is why he pulled away.
This was far from the end of this incident.
Robin Ash was charged with wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun for pointing the gun at Geisler. Ash argued the charge of a convicted felon in possession of a handgun was not correct because she received a governor’s pardon from Governor Andy Beshear in 2015 which restored her civil rights. The felony conviction was for burglary in the third degree and unlawful taking over $500 but less than $10,000 according to state records. Ash, then known as Robin Crandal, served two years for these charges and did receive a governor’s pardon in 2015 but the pardon was only to allow her to restore her civil rights to vote and hold public office, not carry a firearm.
Ash and her attorney David Mour had a preliminary hearing Friday morning, before Jefferson DIstrict Judge Anne Delahanty, to determine probable cause in her case. Mour stated in a video taken after the hearing that Geisler’s claims to the detective in the case were all false. Mour claimed the LMPD was creating a false narrative around the incident and all claims made by LMPD were false. He claims 90% of the information in the citation is false and it is a continued effort by LMPD to degenerate “the movement” (meaning the135 days of protests seeking justice in the police involved killing of Breonna Taylor). Mour revealed that he filed a motion to enact Ms. Ash’s right to self defense. Mour said Ash would have been within her rights to “shoot the guy in the face” and said most people would have done that. Mour said that the charges for felon in possession of a handgun and criminal mischief were dismissed Friday. He went on to claim that the protesters were actually protecting Geisler and Geisler should be the one charged in the incident. Mour added that LMPD deployed the riot squad on peaceful protesters unnecessarily and LMPD said the protesters were “terrorizing people in cars” which Mour said was not true.
LMPD declined to charge Geisler for any criminal behavior but protesters released a video of the incident where Geisler can be seen pointing a firearm at the protesters which quickly went viral. A still photo taken from the video shows Geisler pointing a firearm at protesters from inside his vehicle.
This photo reached Geisler’s employer, American Air Filter Co., and he was terminated. American Air Filter Co. released a statement stating, “AAF Flanders supports the right to peacefully assemble as an expression of free speech. In our view, the actions of this individual show poor judgment and are inconsistent with the core values of our company. As such, this individual is no longer with the company.” Mr. Geisler was reportedly doxxed (personal information released publicly) and his life and the life of his family was threatened.
Mr. Geisler losing his employment and receiving death threats is not enough for protesters and Attorney Mour, they want him arrested. Mour’s request to press charges against Gaisler on behalf of three protesters was recorded live Friday at 12:33pm. Mr. Mour met with a LMPD Officer Anthony Padgett outside the 8th precinct and asked to file a complaint on Geisler for the September 18th incident. The alleged victims were present and provided identification. Mour described the events to the officer, including a video and still shots of Geisler pointing the gun at the protesters. They claimed that Geisler brandished the weapon a second time when he exited the car to inspect the damage to the vehicle. They continued saying another alleged victim was sitting in traffic on a motorcycle before the incident in question and Geisler pointed the weapon at her as well. Mour stated that this was wanton endangerment. A person is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person.
Mour went on to discuss the arrest of Robin Ash. Mour alleges that the LMPD wrongly arrested Ash because she was protecting herself and letting Geisler know that he was not the only one armed once she saw that he had a gun. The witness that had previously stated she was on a motorcycle before Geisler made it the protesters and was threatened with a gun by Geisler was present to give her statement to Officer Padgett. It was said that her name is Heather Greene. Ms. Greene said, “I was on my motorcycle, ahead of the protesters, and he stopped before the video we’ve seen online picks up and rolled down his window, pointed the gun with both hands at me and said ‘I’ve been looking for you’”. Mour asked Greene if she wanted to file a report as well and she said she did.
Officer Padgett, Mour, Greene and the others in their group began discussing the situation. Mour and one of the complainants told Padgett that Geisler had been fired from his job, implying that American Air Filter Co. watched the videos and concurred that Geisler was guilty as well. Officer Padgett agreed with the group and described “Karens” that falsify statements to “fit the script”. The group then went on to describe, what they consider, mistreatment by LMPD police officers including being shot at with pepper balls during their 135 days of protest. Padgett sympathized with the complainants and told them about a situation where he felt that he had been unfairly treated during a traffic stop because he is Black. Officer Padgett said he had been on the force for over 20 year. He then stepped inside to make a copy of Ms. Greene’s identification.
Mr. Mour was asked to explain what was happening to the camera and he went over the process. He said the criminal complaint would be filed. A detective would investigate the claims and would then make a recommendation to the county attorney. He also said the complainants had gone to the courthouse to file the complaint but they were told to take it to the 8th district and advised them to take an attorney with them. The officer returned to gather more information and then said he wasn’t connecting addresses because it was public record and he didn’t want the “jackass” that brandished a weapon to have their information. The group said they had already been doxxed with people stalking them and sending them death threats. The group continued to converse when the cameraman stepped away from the conversation.
According to Kentucky State Statute 508.060, “a person is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious
physical injury to another person. Wanton endangerment in the first degree is a Class D felony.”
First-degree wanton endangerment is a Class D felony, punishable with fines of up to $10,000 and up to five years in prison.
While the charge of wanton endangerment against Robin Ash is going forward, the future for Mr. Geisler remains unclear.
Friends and family have set up a GoFundMe account to help Mr. Geisler since his employment was terminated.