Reports noted Anthony Parker Sr. and Demetria Firman agreed “not to make or direct anyone to make any statements, written, or verbal with the intention to defame, disparage or in any way criticize the personal or business reputation, practices or conduct of Metro Government.” Along with that, the couple won’t be allowed to speak on the officers involved in the case, as well as former Chief Steve Conrad.
A lawyer for the Courier-Journal spoke on the matter, saying, “The city is paying to silence its critics. It is paying them off. And it seems designed to impede reform. It is bad policy and really troubling.”
The first assistant County Attorney Ingrid Geiser went on to say the married duo “are not prohibited from talking truthfully about what happened during their traffic stop,” and noted the wording “should have more accurately reflected the agreement of the parties.” It was noted the settlement forced the plaintiffs to agree that their ban from speaking on the matter includes any type of statement made on social media and to the news. A violation of the agreement would result in a “material breach,” and the Metro Government would be “irreparably harmed.”